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The top 10 monkeys

There are 264 known monkey species. Here are the best ones.

- CSMonitor.com

Your friendly neighborhood spider monkey climbs on rope between trees at the Belize Zoo. (Newscom/File)

8. Spider monkey

It goes without saying that if Spider-Man were a monkey, he'd be a spider monkey. Living 80 to 100 feet above the ground in the tropical forests of Central and South America, this monkey has a long prehensile tail with a tactile pad at the tip. Combine that with spindly arms and legs, and you've a monkey that can exuberantly swing, swoop, and hurtle itself through the air with abandon.

The spider monkey genus contains seven species, six of which are endangered and one of which is likely to become endangered.


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