• There are currently 264 known monkey species.

  • Monkeys can be divided into two groups, Old World monkeys that live in Africa and Asia, and New World monkeys that live in South America.

  • A baboon is an example of an Old World monkey, while a marmoset is an example of a New World monkey.

  • Apes are not monkeys.

  • Some monkeys live on the ground, while others live in trees.

  • Different monkey species eat a variety of foods, such as fruit, insects, flowers, leaves and reptiles.

  • Most monkeys have tails.

  • Groups of monkeys are known as a ‘tribe’, ‘troop’ or ‘mission’.

  • The Pygmy Marmoset is the smallest type of monkey, with adults weighing between 120 and 140 grams.

  • The Mandrill is the largest type of monkey, with adult males weighing up to 35 kg.

  • Capuchin monkeys are believed to be one of the smartest New World monkey species. They have the ability to use tools, learn new skills and show various signs of self-awareness.

  • Spider monkeys get their name because of their long arms, legs and tail.

  • The monkey is the 9th animal that appears on the Chinese zodiac, appearing as the zodiac sign in 2016.