What Is a Monkey’s Habitat?

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Monkeys generally reside in forests, high plains, grasslands and mountains. Many monkeys live in trees most of the time, but some kinds, including macaques and baboons, mostly live on the ground.

Different types of monkeys tend to inhabit specific places. For example, many monkeys make their homes in the tropical rain forests or savannas of South Africa, along with tropical rain forests in Asia and Central and South America. Some monkeys, including the geladas and golden monkeys, primarily live in the mountains. The Japanese macaques live in parts of Japan that receive snow in the winter, which causes the monkeys to seek out sources of warm water, such as hot springs. Monkeys generally move around quite a bit, often traveling each day in search of food.