Thursday, January 27, 2011

Interesting Facts about Monkeys

We just went in an animal zoo last weekend and I wonder why Charles Darwin made a theory that we humans came from monkey (well I beg to disagree with this theory). Anyway, those monkeys caught my attention because of the way they move. Since they are also mammals, monkey is the only animal that can able to walk with only their two feet.

You can find monkey in any part of the world, even though their species vary from one place to the other. They come from Kingdom Animalia and Phylum Chordata. As I stated above, they are also mammals like humans. There are an approximately 125 species of monkey all over the world. They measure from 14 centimeters to one meter including their tail, but this is also depends on their species.

Monkeys weigh from 120 grams to 35 kilograms. The smallest specie of monkey is the Pygmy Marmoset that measures 14 to 16 centimeters and weighs 120 to 140 grams. On the other hand, the biggest specie is called Mandrill.

The natural habitats of monkeys are scrubland, tropical rain forest, mountains savanna, steppes, islands and rain forest. That is why it is important that all owners of animal zoo must know the habitant of every animal aside from monkey so that they can still take good care of them even though they were in the zoo.

In addition, monkeys eat spiders, insects, eggs, leaves and grass. The gestation period of monkey is from four to eight months depending on their kinds and they only gestate one baby monkey at a time. Although they are mammals, they never have experienced having colds.

Some of the monkey that I saw in the zoo yawns and I really do not know what it means so I made some research to find out what is the meaning when they do yawning. If you see them yawning be alert because it is either they are tired or they are mad. Another thing you need to remember about monkey is that when they do head bobbing or pulling and grinning their lips, so must get out of their face because it only means they are in their violent behavior. 


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