As of 2014, there are more than 260 different species of monkeys in the world. Monkeys are often divided into old world monkeys and new world monkeys, depending on where they live in the world. Monkeys should be distinguished from apes, as most monkeys have tails and apes do not.
There is information to suggest that monkeys have been around for roughly 50 million years, evolving from early primates. Various species of monkeys range in size from four ounces to roughly 77 pounds. They live in a variety of environments and eat a variety of foods, although most eat fruit and insects.Learn More
The exact population of monkeys in the world is not known, but there are more than 260 different types of monkeys on the planet. There are two different categories of monkeys: New World and Old World.Full Answer >
Wild monkeys can swim but try to avoid it, though some species are more inclined to the water than others. Japanese snow monkeys, for example, are known to enter the local hot springs by diving into them. Monkeys use a dog-paddle motion when they swim.Full Answer >
The weight of a monkey depends on its species. The talapoin monkey, which is one of the smallest monkeys, weighs around 2 to 4 pounds, while a savanna baboon can weigh between 50 to 100 pounds.Full Answer >
As of 2014, capuchin monkeys are not an endangered species. They have high reproductive rates and easily adapt to a variety of environments, both characteristics aiding in a strong population in light of loss of forest habitats.Full Answer >