Monkeys are omnivores, meaning they eat both plant materials and animals in the jungle; however, the diet of most species includes far more foods from plants than from animals. In the wild, baboons are observed occasionally eating meat, such as rabbit or even antelope, if they are able to catch the animals.Continue Reading
Monkeys use their tails to hold on while they collect their food. They are foragers who sometimes eat fruits and nuts if they are available but will also dine on leaves, seeds, spiders and bird's eggs. Old World monkeys have large cheek pouches that they fill as they forage throughout the day. They only stop to chew and swallow the food once they find a safe and comfortable place to rest.
Other species of monkeys, including the Colobus monkeys and langurs have stomachs with more than one chamber. Inside these chambers is bacteria that ferments the leaves, allowing the monkey to digest them. Geladas graze on grass, according to the San Diego Zoo.
Between 80 and 90 percent of the diet of the spider monkey is from plant materials. However, they supplement animal sources to meet their protein needs. These monkeys eat on the run. The spider monkey's diet moves through the digestive tract in about four hours.Learn more about Monkeys
The pygmy marmoset is the smallest species of monkey in the world. Fully grown, they only weigh 4 to 5 ounces and are 6 inches long. The only primates smaller than pygmy marmosets are pygmy mouse lemurs and pygmy tarsiers.Full Answer >
The weight of a monkey depends on its species. The talapoin monkey, which is one of the smallest monkeys, weighs around 2 to 4 pounds, while a savanna baboon can weigh between 50 to 100 pounds.Full Answer >
Wild monkeys eat a varied diet that consists of roots, insects, fruits and herbs. Captive monkeys are typically fed a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables, as well as monkey chow, a dry food that is fortified with vitamins, minerals and protein.Full Answer >
Squirrel monkeys primarily eat insects and fruit, but they occasionally supplement their diet with small vertebrates, nectar, flowers, buds and seeds. Squirrel monkeys prefer to go after stationary insects; grasshoppers and caterpillars are their favorite foods. Some of the small vertebrates they consume are birds and bats.Full Answer >