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Isle of Wight Zoo,Yaverland Seafront
Sandown, Isle of Wight
PO36 8QB

Black-Faced Black Spider Monkeys

Black-Faced Black Spider Monkeys
We care for a pair of male black-faced black spider monkeys called Ike and Jackson. They can be distinguished from their neighbours, Ella and Tino, by their much darker faces. Jackson was born at Blackpool Zoo. Ike was born at Dublin Zoo and hand raised by his keepers. Ike can be identified by his much longer face and these two males are great companions, they rarely fall out and often curl up together to nap in the afternoons.

Ike is the most interested in humans and displays infantile behaviours towards his keepers because of his upbringing. They have very similar behaviour to the other 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 the enclosure and Ike occasionally runs upright on two feet. They definitely have one of the sweetest natures of all our monkeys.

Price: From £5.00 per year