Black-Handed Spider Monkey
The Black-handed Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) is a completely arboreal (tree-dwelling) and frugivorous (fruit eating) animal that relies on intact and connected forest canopies to survive. For this reason, they are highly sensitive to human disturbance, and as a result of forest fragmentation, spider monkeys are extinct across much of western Nicaragua. Spider Monkeys also face exploitation as a result of illegal animal trafficking in Nicaragua. Under the harsh conditions of captivity, approximately 75% of animals do not survive. Deforestation, coupled with increasing incidents of poaching, makes the Black-handed Spider Monkey the most endangered primate in Central America.
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