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What is the lifespan of a monkey?

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According to the San Diego Zoo, the lifespan of a monkey is 10 to 50 years, depending on the species. Monkeys living in the wild have shorter lifespans due to disease and other factors.

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What is the lifespan of a monkey?
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The white-faced capuchin, also known as the white-headed capuchin or the white-throated capuchin, typically lives between 15 and 20 years in the wild, where it lives in troops of about 20 monkeys. In captivity, the monkey has been known to live for more than 50 years.

Most estimates of monkeys' lifespans are based on primates in captivity, since data for animals living in the wild is more difficult to gather.

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