We care for a pair of black spider monkeys called Ella and Tino. They
can be distinguished from their neighbours, Ike and Jackson, by their
much paler faces. Ella has black spots on her face and is likely to be
confused with Tino because of her prominent genital scent glands.
This pair is incredibly sweet and rarely shows any aggressive
behaviour. Ella spends a lot of time napping on the ground while Tino
likes to retire to their bedroom area. 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
Price: From £20.00 per year