Sassy is a squirrel monkey. While unrelated to squirrels, they got their name from their similar movements, as they are extremely agile and can leap as far as 6.5 feet (squirrels can jump 7 feet).
They are considered to be the cleverest of primates with excellent problem-solving skills. Even though they’re one of the smallest monkeys, they have the largest brain to body mass ratio.
Squirrel monkeys are arboreal animals (they live on the trees) and eat different types of flowers, leaves, buds, nuts, insects, lizards and eggs.
Spencer is a spider monkey. Unrelated to spiders, spider monkeys are called that because they hang from the trees by holding different branches with their limbs and long tails (which acts as a fifth limb), and that gives them a spider-like shape.
They are the only primate without thumbs so their hands act like hooks to help them swing like acrobats through the trees.
They attempt to deter predators by barking. If that doesn’t work, they hang from their tails while using their other four limbs to shake the tree branches or throw large twigs at their enemies.
Sophie is an owl monkey. Owl monkeys are also referred to as night monkeys because they are the only nocturnal monkey (active during the night). They are also similar to owls in the shape of their face and large eyes which provide excellent night vision.
Owl monkeys are monogamous, (stay with one mate) and the fathers provide the care for their offspring.
Night monkeys eat different types of fruit, leaves and insects. Since the majority of their diet is fruit, night monkeys are often called frugivorous animals.
MORE MONKEY RESOURCES
Learn more about monkeys from the NEPC's (New England Primate Conservancy) website.
Learn more about Squirrel Monkeys here.
Learn more about Spider Monkeys here.
Learn more about Owl Monkeys here.