We care for a family of black spider monkeys - father Tino, mother Ellie and daughter Millie.
They are incredibly sweet and rarely show any aggressive behaviour. Ella spends a lot of time napping on the ground while Tino likes to retire to their bedroom area. Millie is old enough to explore on her own, but she likes to stay quite close to mum, running to her if in doubt!
Their sweet nature runs out at feeding time and their table manners leave a lot to be desired. They have very similar behaviour to the black-faced black spider monkeys. They are very expressive and use a range of calls and body postures to tell us how they are feeling. Watch out for their excited chatter, the high pitched whistling they use at feeding time to beg for food and the coughing sound that signals anticipation.
When they are very excited they salivate (dribble) on their chests and rub their hands on their chest stimulating a scent gland. Spider monkeys spend most of their time resting and travelling to food sites in the wild. They often display short bursts of energy, swinging wildly around.
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