The Ultimate Monkey Quiz

By: Staff
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About This Quiz

Monkeys, like humans and the great apes is are primates. Like other primates, they vary greatly in size, color and behavior. Take this quiz and learn more about monkeys.

Where do most monkeys live?

Most live in the warm lowlands.

Which is the smallest monkey?

The pygmy marmosets of South America are the smallest.

How big are they?

They are about six inches (15 cm) long.

On the other end of the scale, what is the biggest monkey?

The African baboon is the biggest.

How big is it?

Its body is about two feet (60 cm) long

What do they weigh?

They can weigh up to 165 pounds (75 kg).

How do baboons in the wild relate to humans?

They are aggressive and dangerous to humans.

Which is the most intelligent African monkey?

The rhesus is considered highly intelligent.

Which South American monkey can be trained as an amusing, affectionate pet?

The capuchin makes a good pet.

What are the social habits of monkeys?

Most monkeys feed and travel in large groups.

Are monkeys carnivores?

While their main diet is leaves, fruit and grain, they also eat insects and birds.

There is only one monkey that sleeps by day and hunts for food at night. Which is it?

The South American owl monkey, or douroucouli, sleeps during the day and hunts at night.

When we speak of Old World and New World monkeys, what do we mean?

Basically, the Old World is Asia, Europe and Africa, while the New World is the Americas. Animals can be described as from the New or Old World.

Which monkeys have prehensile (grasping) tails?

Only New World monkeys have prehensile tails.

What do Old World monkeys have on their buttocks?

They have thick pads of skin.

What facial characteristic differentiates between the two groups?

Old World monkeys have nostrils that are close together and point downward. New World monkeys have flat noses with the nostrils set far apart and open toward the side.

Only one monkey can be found in Europe. Which is it?

The Barbary ape lives in Gibraltar.

What is a guereza?

It is a black-and-white colobus monkey, found in East Africa and Nigeria. The guereza was hunted for its fur, which was used to trim women's dresses.

Which is the fastest primate?

The patas monkey can reach a speed of 34 miles per hour (55 kph).

What is unusual about the proboscis monkey?

The proboscis monkey has a particularly long nose. An old male of the species may have a nose three inches (8 cm) long.

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