Some interesting facts about monkeys for kids include that they live in the jungle, that there are 264 different known species and that monkeys have feelings just like humans. Another interesting fact is that Howler monkeys are the loudest of all.
Monkeys inhabit the jungles of Africa, Asia and South America. They are divided into two groups: Old World monkeys that live in Africa and Asia, and New World monkeys that live in South America. Howler monkeys are an example of New World monkeys found in Central and South America. A baboon is an example of an Old World monkey.
Monkeys hunt and live in groups. Groups of monkeys are called troops, tribes or missions. Apes are not classified as monkeys.
Monkeys share a lot of human characteristics. They can feel love, fear, compassion as well as anger or hate. They also hold hands as way of showing affection for one another, like humans. They help nurse and take care of each other when sick, as well as pet and groom each other.
A fully grown Pygmy Marmoset can weigh up to 6 ounces; it is the smallest of the monkey species. The largest is the Mandrill, which can weigh up to 77 pounds. Capuchin monkeys are a New World monkey species that are smart enough to develop skills and use tools.