Monkeys are one of the coolest animal species that come in various shapes, colors, and sizes. They are omnivorous and can eat both plants and meat. They have seen eating fruits, seeds, nuts, and flowers usually. However, they also feed on lizards, spiders, insects, and birds. We will discuss about the cutest monkeys in the world.
Monkeys are very social animals and they like to stay in groups. These groups of monkeys are known as troops, cartloads, missions, or tribes and all the monkeys in the group work to protect each other and take care of the young monkeys. There are two types of monkeys in the world, one is those who live in the Amazon rainforest and the other is those known as Old World monkeys which live in Africa and Asia. Here is the list of cutest monkeys in the world,
1. Common Marmosets
The common Marmoset is one of the cutest monkeys in the world that comes with large white ear tufts, and alternating dark and pale bonds on its tail. The name of the monkey species is derieved from the French “marmouset” which means shrimp or dwarf. It can grow in length between 14 to 19cm and its avarage wieght is between 300 to 500g. It is also known as White-tufted-ear Marmoset or Cotton-eared Marmoset and is popular for its white blaze on the forehead and white ear tufts.
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2. Capuchin Monkeys
Capuchin monkeys are New World monkeys that belong to the subfamily Cebinae. They are mostly seen in the regions of tropical forests in Central America, South America, and to the south of northern Argentina. They are known as white-faced monkeys in central America and love to thrive on the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica and Panama and the deciduous dry forest on the Pacific coast.
These cutest monkeys are seen in many movies and television shows as well. These monkeys feed on plant parts such as leaves, flower and fruit, seeds, pith, woody tissue, sugarcane, bulb, and exudates, as well as arthropods, mollusks, a variety of vertebrates, and even primates.
3. Golden Lion Tamarins
Golden Lion Tamarins monkeys scientifically known as Leontopithecus rosalia is a small New World monkeys that belong to the family Callitrichidae. It is also known as the golden marmoset and is native to the Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil. The monkey is endangered species and as of now, 3,200 individuals are left in the wild.
Talking about its appearance, these monkeys have a bright reddish orange pelage and extra long hairs around the face and ears. The front of the monkey is dark and hairless. The dietary habit is omnivorous in nature and its feeds on fruits, insects, and small invertebrates. The avarage lifespan of monkey species is between 10 to 12 years in the wild and upto 20 years in captivity.
4. Vervet Monkeys
Vervet Monkeys belong to the group of Old World monkeys and as of now five subspecies of vervet monkeys are known to humans that can be seen in East Africa. These monkey species are widely used in scientific and medical studies. It can reach upto 18 to 26 inches in length and the avarage wieght is between 7 to 17 pounds. It is one of the amazing animals that start with V.
Talking about their appearance, they are covered with dark green or silvery-gray fur along with black faces framed with white hairs. The feet, hands, and tip are black colored. The monkey species is active during the day and spent its entire life on trees. The avarage lifespan of vervet monkeys is 12 years in the wild and up to 24 years in captivity.
5. Howler Monkeys
Howler Monkeys are the loudest monkeys in the world and they call to let other monkeys know about thier territory. The monkey’s whooping bark or roar sound usually produces during the morning and at the end of the day. It is scientifically known as Alouatta that can grow between 22 to 36 inches with a tail length between 23 to 36 inches. The avarage wieght of a howler monkey is between 15 to 22 pounds. The avarage lifespan of a monkey is between 15 to 20 years in the wild. These monkeys are mostly seen in Central and South America.
Macaques monkeys belong to the old group of monkeys and with the subfamily Cercopithecinae. As of now, 23 species of macaques are known to humans mostly seen in the regions of Asia, North Africa, and (in one instance) Gibraltar. The dietary habits of these monkeys are frugivorous and they feed on seeds, leaves, flowers, and tree bark, however, some species of Macaques are occasionally seen eating invertebrates and occasionally small vertebrates. The avarage lifespan of Macaques is between 20 to 27 years in the wild and upto 40 years in captivity.
7. Dusky Leaf Monkeys
Dusky Leaf Monkeys scientifically known as Trachypithecus obscurus mostly seen in Peninsular Malaysia, Myanmar, and Thailand. It is also known as the spectacled langur or spectacled leaf monkey, which belongs to the family Cercopithecidae. It can grow between 42 to 61 cm and the avarage wieght is between 5 to 9 kg. The avarage lifespan of dusky leaf monkeys is upto 25 years in the wild.
8. White-faced Saki Monkeys
White-faced saki is one of the cutest monkeys in the world scientifically known as Pithecia pithecia and is a species of the New World saki monkey. It is also known as Guianan saki or the golden-faced saki mostly seen in the regions of Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela. They like to feed on fruits, nuts, seeds, and insects. The avarage lifespan of white-faced saki monkeys is upto 14 years in their natural habitat and upto 36 years in captivity. These monkey species are active during the day and love to sleep on highly elevated (15-20m) trees.
9. Emperor Tamarins
The emperor tamarin scientifically known as Saguinus imperator is a species of tamarin and looks very similar to the German emperor Wilhelm II. These monkey species were mostly seen in the west Brazilian states of Acre and Amazonas along with the regions of Peru and northern Bolivia.
Talking about their appearance, these species are grey colored along with yellowish speckles on their chest. The hands and feet of the monkey species are brown in color and the tail is brown. It can grow between 23 to 26 centimeters and its avarage wieght is 500 grams. The avarage lifespan of emperor tamarins is between 10 to 20 years in the wild.
10. Squirrel Monkeys
Squirrel monkeys are one of the cutest monkeys that belong to the New World monkeys of the genus Saimiri and subfamily Saimirinae. These forest animals live in the tropical forests of Central and South America in the canopy layer. As of now, there are two main groups of squirrel monkeys recognized differentiated by the shape of the white coloration above the eyes.
The tail of monkeys is not prehensile which means they cannot use it to grab things and they are diurnal in nature means they sleep at night and are most active during the day. The avarage lifespan of squirrel monkeys is upto 25 years in the wild.
11. Silvery Marmosets
The Silvery marmoset scientifically known as Mico argentatus belongs to the New World monkey mostly seen in the eastern Amazon Rainforest in Brazil. The monkey species lives in groups of between 4 to 11 individuals and mostly feeds on fruit, tree sap, and small animals. The avarage lifespan of silvery marmosets is upto 16 years in the wild. It can grow between 18 to 28 cm and the avarage wieght is between 300 to 400 gms. The monkey species can be easily recognized with the help of pointed jaws.
Guenon is also one of the cutest monkeys in the world that belongs to the family Cercopithecidae. These monkey species are best known for thier color patterns such as hip stripes, browbands, or a white nose spot or band. The avarage lifespan of Guenon monkeys is upto 16 years in the wild. Guenons make a variety of sounds and communicate with the help of several gestures and facial expressions. These small to medium-sized monkeys are widespread throughout sub-Saharan Africa.
13. Red-Shanked Doucs
The red-shanked douc scientifically known as Pygathrix nemaeus belong to the group of Old World monkey and to the subfamily Colobinae. These monkey species are endemic to Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. Red-Shanked Doucs can be easily identified with the help of their bright colors and express exhibit sexual dimorphism through their body size.
These monkey species are classified as critically endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature because of hunting, habitat loss, and pet trade. The avarage lifespan of red-shanked doucs monkeys is upto 25 years in captivity. It can grow between 54.5 to 61 cm and the avarage wieght is between 8 to 11 kg. These are also one of the most colorful monkeys among all species of primates and are also considered as “Queen of primates” because of their unique appearance.
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14. Spider Monkeys
Spider Monkeys are scientifically known as Ateles known for their long, thin arms that look like hooklike hands that allow them to move through the trees. The average lifespan of spider monkeys is 22 years in the wild. It can grow between 14 to 26 inches and its avarage wieght is between 13.25 pounds. Spider Monkeys primarily feed on fruits, but will also occasionally consume leaves, flowers, and insects. These monkey species are very social in nature and want to live in groups of 35 individuals, but will split up to forage during the day.
15. Cotton-top Tamarins
Cotton-top tamarins are classified into three types of cotton-top tamarins differentiated by their facial features. They can leap upto 10 feet in the air from tree to tree. The monkey species prey on fruits, insects, and rodents. The natural predators of cotton-top tamarins are snakes, birds of prey, and jaguars. It can grow between 18cm to 30cm and the avarage wieght is between 220g to 900g. The avarage lifespan of cotton-top tamarins is between 8 to 15 years in the wild.
16. Pygmy Marmosets
Pygmy Marmosets are two species of small New World monkeys and prefer to live in the Amazon region of Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and northern Bolivia. They are the world’s smallest primates with a body length ranging between 117 to 152 mm and an avarage body wieght is just upto 100 gms. They have a special diet of tree gum and they also lie in wait for insects, especially butterflies, which are attracted to the sap holes. The supplemented diet is nectar and fruit. The avarage lifespan of pygmy marmosets is upto 12 years old in the wild and up to 18 years in captivity.
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