Top 3 Monkey Movies

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Monkeys surely are amazing creatures. Actually, nowadays there are more than 260 species of monkeys known into the world. Monkeys are usually considered to be extremely intelligent animals. In fact, they are thought to be the closest animals to human intelligence. Monkeys can be so smart and cute that today many people choose to keep them into their homes as pets. However, in some areas of the world, monkeys are believed to be quite dangerous.

Both these aspects have been approached in various movies. So, while in some movies monkeys are presented as cute pets who get along extremely well with children, in others they are strong creatures, feared by humans.

Below you can find a top of the best monkey movies ever released. They are definitely worth to be watched, being among the best movies in the world.

1. King Kong

King Kong probably is one of the best monkey movies ever released. The movie was released in 1933. King Kong is gentle at heart, but he is willing to do anything to save his loved ones, once they are put in danger. The movie remains a classic, still being watched and appreciated by people today, at more than 80 years since the moment of its release.

2. Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes is also a successful monkey movie. The movie was released in 1968. This is a science fiction film directed by Franklin J. Schaffner. Planet of the Apes stars Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall, Maurice Evans and Kim Hunter. It was so successful that the movie was actually followed by a remake and a reboot in 2001 and 2011. The story is focused on the adventures of an astronaut crew who lands on a strange planet.

3. Mighty Joe Young

Mighty Joe Young is a movie released in 1949. The film is directed by Ernest B. Schoedsack and stars Terry Moore, Ben Johnson, Robert Armstrong and Frank McHugh. The movie actually was produced by the same creative team as the one who worked on King Kong. Mighty Joe Young tells the story of a young woman who ends up bringing a giant gorilla to Hollywood.

In all these movies, monkeys are presented as extremely intelligent animals, being able to act, think and behave just like humans. And the truth is that this hypothesis is not wrong at all. Monkeys really are smart and can simply adapt to new situations.

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Facts About Baboons

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Baboons are African and Arabian Old World monkeys. They belong to the genus Papio and are part of the Cercopithecinae family. Like many species of monkeys, baboons are extremely intelligent. They can mostly be seen in regions of Africa, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. They are also common is some regions of Arabia.

Nowadays there are five species of baboons known to exist in the world. All are similar when it comes to appearance, having similar habits, as well. Baboons are believed to be the most successful African primates at the moment, as they are not exposed to forms of threat or danger. Their lifestyle is quite interesting, baboons opting for areas which have not been yet affected by human presence. This is the main reason why the species has managed to remain safe.

Here are some facts about baboons:

  • They weight about 14 to 40 kg.
  • Baboons commonly live between 20 and 45 years, aspect which will vary depending on the species.
  • Their size ranges between 20 to 47 inch.
  • Baboons eat grass, greens, seeds, as well as fruits, roots, leaves, nuts and cereals.
  • The species prefers dry forests, bush savannas or arid zones, in which they set their habitat.
  • A baboon female is considered to have reached the age of maturity at 4 to 5 years, while males are mature at 4 to 10 years.
  • Baboons are considered to be unique and extremely complex creatures.

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  • These monkeys are able to scream, bark and grunt when trying to communicate.
  • Numerous studies have shown that baboons tend to spend most of their time on the ground. However, they can climb trees, where they commonly sleep.
  • Baboons are believed to be extremely opportunistic in their nature. They are able to adapt really easy, eating almost anything they find.
  • A female baboon will probably have half the size of an adult male.
  • Usually, a female baboon is able to give birth to just one baby at a time. Babies will first cling to their mother’s chest. Babies stay with their mothers about 18 months after birth. During this period of time they will learn everything there is to know about how to eat and how to manage through life.

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  • The behavior of a baboon is also very interesting. These animals do not have an exact schedule, so they can do anything during a day. Their habits can actually change from one day to another.
  • Baboons are extremely adaptable, so they can be found in a variety of habitats.
  • They sleep, travel, feed and socialize in groups of about 50 individuals.
  • Baboons are sociable animals, so they love to live in groups.
  • They commonly leave their sleeping place at about 7 to 8 a.m.
  • When they mature, baboons leave their natal troops with the main purpose to find other troops, in which they move.
  • Males are usually simply accepted in new troops.

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    The most important predators of baboons are humans. However, the species is not in danger of become endangered, as baboons prefer to live in areas that have not been yet affected by human presence. Baboons are an extremely interesting species. They are intelligent, social and their habits are quite fascinating.

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Squirrel Monkeys

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Squirrel monkeys are of the genus Saimiri and their name is of Tupi origin. These animals live in the tropical forests of Central and South America in the canopy layer.


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Characteristics

Such monkeys feature a slender body, with short greyish dense coat. Their legs, ears, throat, head and back are yellow to grey-green. Other parts of the body are yellow to white and the face is white. These animals have a tail that often curls over their shoulder while resting.

Instead of claws, they have nails and are also known as small nervous primates because they are the smallest of the primate family Cebidae, weighting only one to three pounds. The length of their body is about nine to nineteen inches and tail is approximately fourteen to nineteen inches long.


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Behaviour

Squirrel monkeys are diurnal, feeding in the morning and are agile in the trees, using their long tail. These animals form groups of 2 to 30 monkeys that often break up and rejoin, being only a few males in a single group.

Habitat

The habitat of these interesting monkeys is in Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, Brazil, in the northern part of South America to Peru, as well as in Costa Rica and Panama.


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Life Cycle

Birth usually takes place on February to April. Females become sexually mature at two and a half years old, while males at four years old. After birth, the baby clings to the back of his mother. The father doesn’t help the female in raising the young, only other mothers with new babies will do that.

Diet

They eat mainly insects, which make about 75% to 80% of a squirrel monkey diet. These monkeys don’t eat leaves.


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Their main enemy is the eagle, but baboons and porcupines are also a threat. One of Squirrel monkeys subspecies that lives on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica is threatened.

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