Monkey adaptations include their anatomy, behavior and use of tools. Specific adaptations depend on the species. For instance, capuchin monkeys, common chimpanzees, bonobos and orangutans all use tools. Chimpanzees use sticks to probe termites and scoop honey for food; they use rocks to crack nuts.Know More
Many types of monkeys, especially those in the New World, have prehensile tails. They are able to use this tail almost as another hand, which helps them climb and find food. Some monkeys, such as capuchins, hang from their tails while eating. The hands themselves are hook-like, allowing them to swing from branch to branch. Howler monkeys have developed large vocal cords which allow the males to announce their presence, thereby protecting their habitats from encroaching rival monkeys. Squirrel monkeys secrete a musk through their fur to mark their territory. They've also developed short, powerful thighs that help them leap from tree to tree.
A behavioral adaptation of monkeys is their habit of living in societies. This allows the young and old to have close associations and care for each other. Generally all the monkeys within their group have a role that helps the group survive. For example, older monkeys teach survival skills to the young, ensuring that they are ready to manage their environment when they grow up. Working as a group also allows them to avoid or intimidate predators.Learn More
Plants that live in the marine biome have adapted their physical structure, the way they create food and their reproductive habits. To live in water, plants must be flexible so they can tolerate wave action, and in some cases, float.Full Answer >
The genus Gorilla is divided into two species: eastern gorillas and western gorillas. The scientific name of eastern gorillas is Gorilla beringei, and the scientific name of western gorillas is Gorilla gorilla.Full Answer >
Silverback gorillas eat plants and parts of plants including the berries, bark, shoots and leaves. They also eat roots, wild celery and the inner pulp of trees. They prefer plants that are full of juice and have also been known to eat ants and termites.Full Answer >
The average life span of a gorilla is 40 to 45 years, but they can live past the age of 50. At the age of 35, gorillas begin to show signs of old age.Full Answer >