General Information

Monkeys – Breeding

Picture source: Monkeys © 2000 Jonathan Jivan

Picture source:
Monkeys © 2000
Jonathan Jivan

Monkeys can breed at any time of the year, as a rule. Therefore, their social groups tend to contain young of all different ages. Females normally give birth to a single baby at a time. The gestation period ranges from 4 to 8 months depending on the monkey type. The newborn monkeys are fully dependable on their mothers for food and security. They feed on their mother’s milk for a period from a few weeks to two years. For instance, the Black Spider Monkey is rather slow to mature. It starts breeding when it reaches the age of 5 years old. The single baby monkey is born about 20 weeks after mating. For its first 4 months of life, the baby monkey clings tightly to its mother’s abdomen. When the baby monkey gets a little older, it rides on the mothers back, wrapping its tail around her tail for security reasons. Maternal care is prolonged in Black Spider Monkeys like in many other monkey species. A female does not breed while she cares for the young. Hence, the reproductive rate of the species is rather low. Breeding seasons of Rhesus Monkeys vary among populations and depend on their habitat area and climate. The gestation period is 165 days. One baby monkey is born at a time. Macaques have no specific breeding season either. Females usually give birth to the young at the wet season and when there is no deficiency in food. The soft black coat of the baby Macaques changes to the adult coat in about two months. As with other monkeys, Macaque mothers carry the baby on her abdomen.

Monkeys – General Information Links

1Up Info – Monkey – Discover the anatomy, characteristics, species, habitat, habits, diet, ecology,

Picture source: Gibbon Research Lab © Thomas Geissmann

Picture source:
Gibbon Research Lab ©
Thomas Geissmann

distribution, skills, reproduction, groups, appearance, and behavior of mammals, monkeys.

Animal Behavior Society – Contains information on behavior, ecology and genetics of monogamous Owl Monkeys of the Argentinian Chaco.

Baboon Gallery – Examine an ample photo gallery featuring these primates in various parks in South Africa. Includes links to other animal pictures.

Behavior and Ecology of Wild Chimpanzees – Learn the facts concerning the predatory behavior and ecology of Wild Chimpanzees.

Bella Online – Monkeys and Primates Can’t Live on Bananas Alone! – Discover the advantages and disadvantages of having a primate as a pet. Find care instructions and a discussion forum.

CNN Article – Story page. Rare Chinese snub-nosed monkey born in captivity.

Exotic Pets – Short information on different types of monkeys.

Helping Hands – A nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for quadriplegic individuals by training Capuchin Monkeys to assist them in daily activities.

Inside the Mind of Another Species – Get to know how monkeys see the world.

Maui Monkeys – Presenting the lovable, huggable family of Maui Monkeys. Plush monkeys for the young and young at heart.

Picture source: Henry Doorly Zoo

Picture source:
Henry Doorly Zoo

Monkey Zone – Primate owners will find cage requirements, a guide to supplies and accessories, news articles, as well as state regulations. Includes photos.

Monkeys, Apes and Humans – General characteristics of the Japanese Macaque.

Natural Habitat – Owl-faced Monkeys and their natural habitat distribution facts.

Oakland Zoo – Squirrel Monkey – Brief overview includes information about the squirrel monkey’s life cycle, physical appearance, and adaptations.

Monkey/Primate Breeders – Look over a list of breeders who offer select species of monkeys for sale. Includes contact information, as well as links to web sites.

Pictures of Monkeys – See monkeys’ pictures.

Primates – Learn some facts about Mangabeys in Africa, their conservation status, life history, behavior and ecology.

Primates as Pets – Primate Info Net – Information is directed toward owners and potential owners of monkeys and related mammals. Read dietary info for capuchins and squirrel monkeys.

When Monkeys Move to Town – Smithsonian photo essay documents the effects of monkeys moving in to urban areas in Asia. Read the essay and browse the photo gallery.

White-Faced Capuchin – Animal of the Month – Gather taxonomical details regarding white-faced capuchins, which are common in zoos, as pets, and as trained performers. Has an image.