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10) Trees are also an important source of food for primates. Buds, leaves and fruit provide the basic diet of many species. Here a spider monkey enjoys a ripe fruit. Monkeys and apes who rely on fruit need a large home range. They must move from area to area as different fruits become ripe. Monkey eating piece of fruit supports herself against a tree trunk with feet, one arm and a tail (visible at top near hand).
Notes:Monkey eating piece of fruit supports herself against a tree trunk with feet, one arm and a tail (visible at top near hand).
Scientific name: Ateles geoffroyi
Questions: What is a home range? Why should it be large for animals that rely on fruit?
Spider monkeys live in Central and South American forests.
Photo © by: John Montenero

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