Black Handed Spider Monkeys

Black Handed Spider Monkeys

Two black handed spider monkeys are currently exhibited at Monkey Park. They were brought in by MINAET in 2000 after officials determined it is illegal to keep them as pets in a household and that they should be kept at an animal facility like ours.

 
The only species of primates found in Central and South America that lacks a thumb on their hands and gives them what is called a power grip, they are becoming more endangered due to habitat loss and poaching of adults to capture juveniles for the pet trade. However, recent legislation has been passed that prohibits them from being kept as household pets.