Biodiversity catalog

Black-Handed Spider Monkey
Ateles geoffroyi
mono araña, mico
Black Handed Spider Monkey

Species IUCN Status

Endangered

Projects (Locations)

carbonplus, watersheds, fisheries, forest, guatemala, towns, sarstun

The black-handed spider monkey is one of the largest New World monkeys weighing up to 9 kgs (20 lbs) and has been described as the third most intelligent nonhuman primate, following orangutans and chimpanzees. Found throughout Central America and Mexico, black-handed spider monkeys are endangered due to a loss of habitat, and because they are heavily hunted for food and the pet trade. Spider monkeys primarily feed on fruits, flowers, and young seeds and play a significant role in jungles as seed dispersers, especially for trees. 

See our English-language poster about spider monkeys, or one in Spanish.