30+ Incredible Types of Monkeys; Detailed Photos and Fun Facts

30+ Types of Monkeys

Monkeys are interesting species with many special capabilities. Scientists consider them to be the primate cousins of humans with many similarities.

With more than 250 species, they range from the humongous 119-pound mandrill to the cute 4-ounce pygmy marmoset – and many other types of monkeys.

They have large brains and are known for their intelligence and inquisitiveness.

Let’s get to know more about different types of monkeys, their behavior, the threats to their survival, and which ones are suitable to be kept as pets, and some very interesting facts!

Old World Monkeys vs New World Monkeys 

Monkeys are divided into two substantial categories, namely the New World Monkeys and Old World Monkeys.

There are a few distinguishing features between Old World Monkeys and New World Monkeys.

New World monkeys

The New World Monkeys are commonly found in Central America, Mexico, and South America. They are mostly tree dwellers and come down for food or to find shelter. 

Old World Monkeys

The Old World Monkeys are situated in Asia and Africa.

They are capable of climbing on trees but spend more time on the ground and in all sorts of habitats such as rainforests. 

Some are born with pouches helpful for storing food. Unlike New World Monkeys, these don’t have gripping (prehensile) tails and some species even have short tails. 

A show of how excited we are to have you here! Want to know which type it is? Read ahead and find out!

List of 30+ Different Types Of Monkeys

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1. Olive Baboon


The Olive Baboon, or Papio Anubis, is an Old World monkey type that is distributed widely throughout 25 countries, from the Arabian Peninsula to Africa.

They are usually called Savanna monkeys or Anabis baboons.

These monkeys are highly adaptable and survive in a diverse range of habitats, from riverine forests and open grasslands to enchanting valleys. 

Appearance of the Olive Baboon

They have a square long muzzle with huge nostrils and a flat head. Olive baboons have grey fur with yellow and black dots.

The mane of adult males is made up of long hair from their head to their shoulders.

The skin of their ears and faces is black and covered with little hair. Their eyes are droopy and of an orangish-brown color. 

Behavior of Olive Baboon

They can be good climbers when they’re running from a predator. They have sharp teeth and powerful jaws for eating many small animals and plants.

Diet of Olive Baboons

Olive baboons can extract nutrients from different environments, whether they are living in deserts or forests.

They are omnivorous (eat plants and animals both), who survive on eating what they can find. Hence, their diet is dependent on the environment they live in.

They gather food in trees and on the ground. Their feeding habits also vary with the season, except in Uganda, where plants are accessible all year.

Threats to survival

The olive baboon is marked ‘Least Concern’ according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN, 2020) list.

While they still have large populations in Africa, there are concerns about the loss of habitat due to expansion of the agricultural sector.

Olive baboons are often trapped or shot by farmers for raiding their crops.

Their natural predators include hyenas, crocodiles, raptors, wild dogs, and big cats.

2. Spix’s Night Monkey 

“SpixsNightMonkey-2379” by h.redpoll is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. 

Night monkeys (also known as owl monkeys) can be found in the forests of Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, and the Amazon River. 

Appearance of Night Monkeys

Spix’s night monkeys have white faces framed by black vertical stripes pointing toward their head.

Their eyes are quite large, just like most nocturnal animals, and their fingers are extremely long.

Behavior of Night Monkeys

The Spix’s night monkey or Aotus Vociferans love to stay awake during the night.

These monkeys wake up after sunset and go to sleep before sunrise. 

During the daytime, this New World species rests in trees. They are sometimes found sharing their nest with different mammals.

A little surprising since these are considered the most aggressive amongst other types of monkeys.

A well-known fact is that they have limited color vision and can only perceive gray, white, and black colors. I’d say this makes them well-adapted to the nightlife!

Diet of Night Monkeys

Owl Monkeys eat fruits along with leaves, flowers, and nectar. They like small and ripe fruits, which they look for in trees.

Night monkeys catch insects out of air or from tree branches.

This is unlike most primates who search for insects in crevices and holes. 

The common insects they feed on are beetles, spiders, beetles, moths, and cockroaches.

All of these insects are active during the night, making it easy for the Spix’s monkey to hunt.

Threats to survival 

They are of least concern when it comes to endangerment due to a large population and wide range spread throughout the world.

They are, however, being affected by increasing deforestation along rivers in Ecuador and oil exploitation and exploration in Peru.

Other reasons include poaching for use in medical research.

3. Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey 

The Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey (Rhinopithecus Roxellana) lives in mountain forests and endures the coldest temperatures, more than any other non-human primate in the world.

Appearance of Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey

These are very cute and have a charm of their own.

Their thick and furry coat helps them endure harsh winters, and glows with a bright golden color.

These snub nosed monkeys have black and gray guard hair on their upper arms, shoulders, and back.

The female adults share a similar look, but her guard hair is brown and black.

They are named after their flat noses, which lie back from the muzzle with forward-facing and wide nostrils. 

Flaps of skin set with their nostrils are said to protect them from frostbite during extreme winters. 

Behavior of Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey

This blue-faced species is quite social and forms groups with other monkeys according to the season.

In summers, they gather in groups of around 600. In winters, these scatter in smaller groups of 60, only to merge in spring again.

Their grouping habits have more to do with food availability or human disturbance.

This elusive monkey species has been hard to study. 

Diet of Golden Snub-Nosed Monkey

They have molded their diet according to their habitat and food availability.

Golden Snub-Nosed monkeys are herbivores and skilled at foraging in forest environments.

They eat buds, fruits, flowers, and leaver during the warmer months and bark and pine needles all year long.

The fatty seeds help them stay strong in winter. 

They are also important to the ecosystem as they feast on dead trees. 

Threats to survival 

Snub nosed monkeys are among the world’s 25 most endangered primates!

Their population is highly impacted by tourism, illegal hunting, and habitat loss.

4. Mandrill – Largest type of monkey on Earth!

The mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx) is the largest monkey on Earth. They are native to west-central Africa’s rainforests. 

Appearance of Mandrills

Being the largest monkey on the planet, Mandrill’s male species are about 31 inches tall and weigh over 119 lbs!

With distinct olive green bodies and a red stripe on their muzzles, Mandrills are more colorful than any other mammal.

You can identify them by the red and blue skin on their faces and the bright shade of their back.

These colors get even brighter when these monkeys are excited!

They also have long teeth used for self-defense. However, showing teeth is considered a friendly gesture among mandrills.

Behavior of Mandrill Monkeys

Mandrills are actually shy and reclusive despite their humongous size.

They are terrestrial monkeys (love to stay on the ground) with long arms to reach for roots, fruits, and animals on the ground. 

You can only see them climb trees when going for sleep and shelter. 

The built-in pouches in their cheeks are used to store snacks.

Mandrills live and move in troops of over 200 individuals, led by a male member and include young ones and females.

Diet of Mandrills

Mandrills are omnivorous and have a diverse palate.

  • Plants,
  • Fruits,
  • Leaves,
  • Roots,
  • Fungi,
  • Seeds,
  • Snails,
  • Lizards,
  • Worms,
  • Insects,
  • Snakes
  • Bird eggs

All of these are found in their natural wild environment.

Threats to survival 

Mandrillus sphinx is considered a vulnerable species with declining population numbers.

Mandrills are hunted for their bushmeat and are considered a delicacy in Africa.

As with other types, these are also impacted by the increasing human settlement and spreading agriculture, reducing acreage of the forests they live in. 

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5. Proboscis Monkey 

The endangered proboscis (Nasalis larvatus) is an Old World monkey.

These are excellent swimmers with the ability to leap from trees and hit the water!

They can even outpace crocodiles, one of their biggest predators.

What does Proboscis monkey look like?

They are one of the largest types of monkeys in Asia and can weigh up to 50 pounds.

Although, female species will only reach half the size.

They have a light brown soft fur that gets red around their shoulders and head, and gray on their legs, tail, and arms.

Only the male Proboscis monkey has a distinct nose.

Behavior of Proboscis Monkey

Their huge noses help attract mates and magnify their mating calls.

Proboscis monkeys are amazing swimmers and sometimes cross crocodile-infested rivers within their forest habitats.

They live in groups with a male-dominant leader and love to settle near the water at night.

Diet of Proboscis Monkey

The proboscis monkey has a unique digestive system as it can eat unripe fruit seeds and young leaves, and also some insects.

Their complex stomachs survive on symbiotic bacteria for proper digestion.

Threats to survival

Their population is declining due to forest fires, destruction, and hunting.

The proboscis monkey is an easy target as it moves slowly and gets hunted for its medicinal powers. 

6. Bald Uakari 

“White Bald-headed Uakari, Mamiraua Reserve – Amazonia” by Giovanni Mari is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. 

Bald Uakari monkeys live in the Amazon River and thrive in flooded rain forests and near water sources, such as lakes and rivers.

Appearance of Bald Uakari

The Bald Uakari (Cacajao calvus) monkey is hairless and has a vibrant pink face with a large forehead.

Its face is a sign of the animal’s health. When they are sick, their face turns pale. 

They are found in Peru and Brazil’s forests which are at risk of habitat loss due to deforestation.

They are also reducing in population. 

Behavior of Bald Uakari

Despite their short tails, they move nimbly in the forest with the help of their legs and arms.

They also live in troops and are extremely social. Their gatherings include over a hundred individuals but they can split to search for food.

They sleep high in the canopy of the forest at night.


Bald uakaris consume insects and leaves. Their strong jaws are capable of opening nuts.

They gather their food in trees and eat seeds or roots during scarcity of food.

Threats to survival 

These smart beings are hunted for food in their Amazon habitats.

Uakaris are often captured by indigenous people living near the forests.

They are at risk of endangerment due to deforestation, owing to the timber industry that clears the forests.

7. Japanese Macaque

Also called snow monkeys, the Japanese Macaque or (Macaca fuscata) is found in Japan’s main islands. These belong to the Old World monkey classification.

Appearance – Are Snow Monkeys white?

Snow monkeys aren’t actually white, they range in many colors – from brown to gray.

They grow a thick insulating coat to survive the cold and maintain their warmth in winter.

The Japanese macaque have expressive eyes and naked faces (without hair) like humans.

They also have cheek pouches for storing snacks like Mandrills.

When they grow up, their faces become red, as do their bottoms.

They use all limbs to get around and have opposable thumbs (just like humans!). 

Behavior of Snow Monkeys

They are an adaptable species and live in both cold and warm climates.

A group of snow monkeys comes to the hot springs of Japan’s Honshu to bathe, attracting international tourists.

It is lovely to explore them in their natural habitat where they are at peace with each other. 


The snow monkey is an opportunistic omnivore and eats seeds, flowers, bark, and young leaves, as well as crabs, crayfish, and snails.

They have more than 200 plants in their diet and their preference changes with each season. Japanese macaques prefer to forage on the ground. 

Threats to survival 

They are at risk of endangerment due to human overpopulation and habitat demolition due to deforestation.

They are considered agricultural pests because they raid crops. Farmers often shoot at them to protect their crops. 

8. Gelada

They are unique creatures that love to live in Ethiopia’s mountains.

Gelada monkeys (theropithecus gelada) are the most terrestrial primates. 

They are sometimes called Gelada baboons or bleeding heart monkeys. 

What do Gelada Monkeys look like?

Geladas have wide nostrils and short rostrums in both sexes.

They have small brown fur and hairless triangular patches on their chests, with an outline of white hair.

The color of the hair patch and size depends on the female species’ hormonal changes. 

Behavior of Geladas

Gelada baboons have flexible opposable thumbs and fingers but have poor tree climbing skills.

They spend most of the time on the ground finding food and hiding on cliffs to escape predators.

Geladas have thick sitting pads on their bottoms, allowing them to sit for most of the day, munching on herbs and grass.


They mainly eat leaves and sometimes eat invertebrates, fruits, and crops if the opportunity arises.

Geladas are the last species of grass-eating primates. 

Threats to survival 

The gelada baboons are at risk of endangerment due to the increasing livestock grazing, habitat destruction, expansion of invasive species, and agricultural land.

9. Western Red Colobus

“Western Red Colobus Monkey” by peterichman is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

The Western Red Colobus monkey or Piliocolobus badius mostly survives on leaves.

They are typically found in West Africa and are commonly known as Upper Guinea red colobus.

Appearance of the Western Red Colobus

Colobus are all-black monkeys with a huge supply of red iron-oxide powder.

These have furry cheeks and limbs of brownish-red color.

Red Colobus monkeys have unique T-shaped faces with no hair, that resembles E.T.

They also have beautiful almond eyes and large, round ears.


Rarely seen on the ground, they dwell in the forest canopy and love to stay there. They can move quickly, jumping between trees.

Diet of Western Red Colobus

They are herbivorous and usually snack on flowers, unripe fruits, seeds, grains, and young leaves.

The Western Red Colobus Monkey can’t eat ripe fruits or anything high in sugar content because their digestive systems can’t support it. 

Threats to survival 

They are endangered species due to excessive hunting, logging, and being the primary prey of chimpanzees.

They are also hunted by humans for their meat.

Deforestation, clearance of agricultural land, logging and habitat loss has become a threat for these monkeys.

10. White-Faced Saki

They belong to the New World family and are found in South American forests.

White-Faced Sakis or Pithecia pithecia are great athletes and also called flying monkeys.

How does the White-Faced Saki monkey look like?

The males are usually black except for their red or white heads.

Most females are brownish-gray or brown with lighter bellies.

They have red and white stripes extending from their eyes to their mouths.


White-faced sakis spend most of their time in trees. They are very devoted to their mating partners and usually mate for life.

Male white faced saki monkeys are more active than female saki.

These monkey breeds improve their relations by grooming each other.

Saki monkeys can jump and move swiftly in case of danger or seek food. They can cover long distances pretty quickly.


They rely on seeds and fruits for most of their diet.

Their teeth are strong and thick useful for peeling fruits and crushing seed shells.

They also eat flowers, insects, small animals, and young leaves.

Threats to survival

They face great danger to their habitat.

Cutting Down Trees to build farms, buildings, and roads, is reducing the place for these animals to live.

11. Black snub-nosed monkeys

“Black Snub-nosed Monkey” by Rod Waddington is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0. 

The black snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus bieti) is endangered and only found in the mountains of Tibet and southwest China. 


These monkeys are black on the back and white on the belly side.

They have a greenish faces and curling hair on their head.

When compared to golden snub-nosed species, these have a longer body and a shorter tail but the same weight.


Black snub-nosed monkeys are very quiet and communicate with gestures and eye contact.

This monkey breed lives longer than any other primate. 


They eat leaves but also seeds, fruits, and flowers.

They also snack on lichens and seek ground on the ground or travel distances.

Threats to survival

They are often hunted and used for setting bait for other animals.

They face habitat loss as land is used for logging and agriculture. 

12. Roloway Monkey 


Belonging to the old world, the Roloway Monkey (Cercopithecus roloway) is endemic to tropical West Africa.


These large primates have special physical characteristics.

They have a mixture of crimson and grey coats, along with beige fur.

Roloways are similar looking to Diana monkeys.


These are active mostly during the day, and roam around the forest with their groups in search of food.

They are great at silently scurrying along tree branches to not attract attention.


They eat insects, flowers, leaves, and fruits for their nutritional requirements.

These omnivorous primates hunt down invertebrates in the canopies. 

Threats to survival

Roloways are on the edge of extinction. Their threats include hunting and loss of habitat.

13. Black Howler 

“Black Howler Monkey (Alouatta caraya) – Paignton Zoo, Devon – Sept 2019” by Dis da fi we is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

The Black Howler (Alouatta caraya) has habitats in Latin America.


They have a big hyoid bone in their throat that helps them release loud calls, especially the mantled howler.

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The howler monkey is huge!

All species of Black Howler monkeys are not black. Actually, the females are blonde and the males are black.


Black howlers are renowned for howling as they have large throats. These often send out loud cries at dusk or dawn.

They usually stay aloft and munch on leaves in the daytime.

These howler monkeys are lazy like me, and sleep for most of the day.


They are herbivores. These can be found eating flowers, tropical fruits, and leaves of the trees.

Threats to survival 

They are under threat because of excessive hunting for illegal pet trade.

Other reasons include deforestation and loss of habitat. 

14. Barbary Macaque 

Commonly found in the forests and mountains of Algeria, Gibraltar, and Morocco, they are the only wild monkeys in all of Europe.


Macaques don’t have a tail, their tail disappears over time as it is no longer needed.

It is a tiny stump concealed by their hair.

They have brown-yellow thick fur that prevents them from cold and rain.

Males look similar to females, except being a bit larger in size. 


They exist in diverse groups and there is often a matriarch, a dominant female, that takes care of the whole group.

There are also hierarchy systems in their troops.


Mostly they eat plants and all sorts of insects and hunt for them during day time.

Threats to survival

The Barbary Macaque (Macaca sylvanus) is endangered due to habitat degradation.

They are also illegally traded as pets out of Morocco. 

15. Northern Plains Gray Langur 

The Northern Plains Gray Langur (Semnopithecus entellus) is one of the most famous types of monkeys in India.

They are considered sacred in some local cultures of India. 


The fur of the adult langurs is usually light in color. Dark fur is found on their back and extremities like ears, face and feet.

Young babies of the Gray Langur are brown.


They love to live in deciduous forests, but also in urban cities.

They use voice and facial expressions to communicate.

They can adeptly swing trees with their large prehensile tails. 


They usually eat mature leaves which is how they survive through a dry season.

They also eat insects, bark, caterpillars, seeds, and flowers. 

Threats to survival

Due to habitat loss, they are on the brink of endangerment. 

16. Common Marmoset

The Common Marmoset (Callithrix jacchus) is a small primate particularly found in Brazil. 


Their white-tufted ears and white patches above their eyes have made them popular.

The tail is twice the size of its body and is greyish brown overall. 


They can live in diverse habitats, including urban locales and rainforests, but don’t do good as captive animals.

They prefer living in groups and often surrounded by a family of three generations.


They prefer to consume insects, though they also like to eat resins, gum, and tree sap. 

Threats to survival 

Their population keeps decreasing every year due to loss of habitat and deforestation.

17. Gee’s Golden Langur

This langur has a stunning golden coat and lives in Bhutan and India.


It’s a beautiful animal with its slim body and long limbs, and a shiny golden body that creates a contrast with its black face.


The Gee’s Golden Langur (Trachypithecus geei) is quite shy and it’s difficult to spot one in the wilderness.

They are mainly herbivorous with a diet consisting of unripe and ripe fruits, young and mature leaves, buds seeds, and flowers. 

Threats to survival 

It’s an endangered species and is in major threat because of illegal tree cutting, grazing by villages, fuelwood collection, and encroachment.

18. Colombian Red Howler

“Alouatta seniculus – Colombian Red Howler Monkey – Mono Araguato, Mono Cotudo” by jaime alejandro montañez mendez is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

The Colombian Red Howler (Alouatta seniculus) primates are popularly found in the forests of South America and are a large New World monkey species. 


They usually stay aloft and munch on leaves in the daytime and forage as well.

These howler monkeys are inactive and sleep during the day.


The howler monkeys have vibrant red shades, which make them simple to identify. 


Howlers are folivores, making their main diet as leaves. They also rely on nuts, flowers, fruits, seeds and even small animals for essential nutrients.

Threats to survival 
They are on the brink of endangerment due to forest clearing, habit demolition, and hunting.

19. François’ Langur 

The François’ Langur (Trachypithecus francoisi) is found only in Vietnam and China.


It is a jet-black medium-sized monkey with white sideburns, which makes its unique feature and makes them easy to identify.


They spend most of their day searching for food and at night and even during the day they rest a lot to digest their food.

Their digestive system is strong and they can survive on eating just leaves. However, they also eat other items rarely. 

Threats to survival
It is considered endangered and its population is on the verge of extinction.

20. East Javan Langur

“Javan Langur” by Keith Marshall is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

The East Javan Langur (Trachypithecus auratus) monkey is a small and funky colored animal found on Javan’s islands.


Its long tail makes it twice bigger than its body. When it’s young, it has a stark black color.

But when it gets mature, it turns into a vibrant orange. You may also find orange and black wild species. 


They are docile and shy animals and don’t like to waste their energy. They can gather into groups of eight, with male dominant members.


It eats leaves, flowers, and fruits. This cute monkey is a herbivorous. 

Threats to survival 

Their natural habitat is declining so they are at risk of extinction. 

21. Red-Shanked Douc

“ズーラシアのアカアシドゥクラングール (Red-shanked Douc Langur of Yokohama Zoological Gardens.)” by Dakiny is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0. 

They are one of the most endangered species on the planet. The Red-shanked Douc (Pygathrix nemaeus) is found in Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia. 


They have striking grey and black fur coats along with red legs, reddish faces, and wispy fur around their head.


They sleep and eat in the trees and are not flexible to adding new members to their groups.


They live in tropical forests, eating fruits, leaves, flowers, and bark.

Threats to survival

They are critically endangered and hunted for medicine and bushmeat. Though, there are steps taken to limit illegal hunting. 

22. Rhesus Macaque 

The Rhesus Macaque (Macaca mulatta) is native to central and southern parts of Asia. 


They are tan-colored small monkey species with pink faces and an innocent look.


They are resilient and don’t get irritated by deforestation and environmental issues.

The rhesus macaque can survive in inhospitable landscapes and exist in groups of 200.

They are good swimmers and climbers and live on the ground.

They usually eat small animals, and insects, as well as fruits, flowers, seeds, and plants.

Threats to survival 

They are the least endangered type of monkeys. Troops of rhesus macaques were introduced in South Carolina, Puerto Rica, and Florida, to improve tourism.

23. Blue Monkey 

“Blue monkey (Cercopithecus mitis)” by diana_robinson is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

The blue monkey or Cercopithecus mitis is commonly found in central and eastern Africa.


It is a gorgeous-looking animal and not blue as its name would suggest. Instead, they have grey bodies along with white tufts under their chins.


They live high in forest habitats and are highly adaptable. There are 16 subspecies of blue monkeys. The female blue monkeys are quite violent towards other groups.


They spend most of their time in nature and eat fruits and leaves.

Threats to survival 

Clearing of rainforests and habitat loss has resulted in the endangerment of these species. They also destroy exotic trees and crops, for which they are killed by humans.

24. Golden Lion Tamarin

The Golden Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia) also called the Golden marmoset is named after its impressive mane.


The thick golden hair surrounding their face is like the great cats of Africa. However, the lion tamarin is not similar to feline creatures.

National Geographic describes them as the most beautiful species out of all the four lion tamarins.


They are rare primates living in trees and sleeping in hollows and forages during the day.


They eat sweet fruit, small lizards, and insects, as well as plants and leaves.

Threats to survival 

These enigmatic monkeys are a threatened species due to the disappearing habitat in Brazil’s rain forests caused by expanding industries, agriculture, and logging. 

25. Patas monkey

“Patas monkey” by Tambako the Jaguar is licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0.

The patas monkey or Erythrocebus patas has long limbs and primarily dwells on the ground – usually in the grassy regions of Central and West Africa.


The adult males have shaggy fur with a white mustache and underparts. It resembles a greyhound and the adult females have a similar but less prominent pattern. 


They are omnivorous creatures with females leading troops. The male acts as a peripheral and draws the attention of predators from females and young monkeys.


Its diet mostly consists of plant matter such as seeds, leaves, and fruits. 

Threats to survival 

It is at the risk of endangerment and surfers from major threats affecting their species. Their natural habitat is also being destroyed.

26. Common Woolly Monkey

“jailed woolly monkey” by @Doug88888 is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.

Woolly monkey or Lagothrix lagotricha is found in the Amazon jungle.

There are over four species of woolly monkeys in South America, including the common woolly monkey, gray woolly monkey, yellow-tailed woolly monkey, and Colombian woolly monkey.

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It can be easily identified by its round head and dense fur.

You might think it’s absurd for this monkey to have a fur coat while living in the humidity and heat, but the fur protects it from the sun, insect stings, and rain.


It is active during the daytime, lives in small groups, and likes to associate with howlers, capuchins, and other monkeys. It also moves slowly and uses its hands to move.


They are omnivores, which means that their diet consists of both animals and vegetables. However, they usually eat a lot of fruit.

Threats to survival 

It is critically endangered and at a severe loss of habitat. 

Types Of Monkeys As Pets

Note: This is purely for informative purposes. Monkeys should be left in their indigenous habitat and not captured through illegal pet trade practices.

Monkeys are cute and a lot of people wish to keep them as pets. Some are even inspired by TV shows and movies. 

Whether it is Ross’ Marcel or Aladin’s Abu, monkeys are portrayed as cool pets in pop culture. Even the great ape of the Planet of the Apes are known for their brains.

However, it’s not all fun and games, and your primate won’t go on adventures with you in real life. But you would need to give them a lot of care.

Many species are likely to become violent, so you need to give them a peaceful environment and lots of space. 

Not all monkey species are good to be kept in your home, but here are 8 types of pet monkeys you can consider. 

27. Capuchin monkey 

Capuchins (Cebinae) are quite smaller than chimpanzees, which makes them easier to care for. They usually weigh less than 10 pounds and won’t rip off someone’s face.

Your favorite fictional monkey in a TV show or movie is most likely to be a capuchin. These curious creatures are easy to train and live up to 25 years. 


The fur around their face is either light tan or cream-colored. The rest of the body is usually dark brown. Their hair is darker and shorter on their back than on other body parts.


They’re active creatures and can easily become violent. They need the company of other capuchins to socialize and space for exercising.

Watch this amazing video to learn some interesting facts about the intelligence of Capuchin monkeys.

I promise it’ll amaze you!


You can feed your capuchin pet some veggies and fruits cut into small pieces so they can eat with their hands.

Like a few times a week, you can feed them two small fruit slices or a banana, a quarter of an apple, or some peanuts.

Threats to survival 

They have a high productivity rate and adaptability to diverse habitats.

However, they are still at risk of habitat loss and are hunted for food or as pets.

28. Common Squirrel monkey

Also very small like capuchins, these cute monkeys weigh just 1 to 3 pounds. The common squirrel monkey (Saimiri sciureus) is native to the dense forests of Costa Rica.


They have short olive-colored fur coats. The squirrel monkeys have yellow legs and white faces with black foreheads and muzzles.

They’re quite active and flexible.

You would need to give lots of space to your squirrel monkey, ideally an outdoor garden with trees.

They are quite choosy eaters so you will have to figure out their diet properly. 

They eat eats, nuts, leaves, seeds, buds, flowers, and even small birds.

You can also serve monkey biscuits and other small snacks to them.

Threats to survival 

They are at risk from their predators including eagles in the trees and snakes found on the ground.

29. Guenon

Guenons or Cercopithecus are famous to be kept as pets due to their beautiful looks.

There are many types of guenons, consisting of grivet, green monkey, and the vervet monkey.


These are medium-sized species about 16 to 22 inches tall with 5 to 15 pounds average weight.

They are attractive monkeys with colorful prints of green, yellow, and red. 


Guenons are very loud and can get violent. You will need to have a lot of patience to deal with them as pets.

They love a plant-based diet and you can give them all kinds of fruits to eat.

Threats to survival

They are endangered because they are caught when they dwell on the ground and due to habitat fragmentation and loss of habitat.

30. Emperor Tamarin

Falling in with the marmosets, the Emperor Tamarin (Saguinus imperator) is also one of the smallest New World monkeys.


They weigh from 10 to 14 ounces and grow 9 to 12 inches tall. It was named after former German Emperor Wilhelm II, who had a similar-looking mustache. 


They are found in the mountains and forests of Brazil, Peru, and Bolivia.

They have slender long red tails with tiny spots of white, red, and gold on their gray bodies.

You’ll need a small space to keep them but a lot of time and energy.


They are omnivorous and you can give them hard-boiled eggs, sweet potatoes, green beans, mealworms, crickets, and fruits. 

Threats to survival 

They are at threat from dogs, cats, snakes, and even humans who are destroying their habitats.

31. Central American Spider Monkey 

The Central American Spider monkey (Ateles geoffroyi) is also known as Geoffrey’s spider monkey and black-handed spider monkey. 

They are found in the coastal areas of Mexico and the northwestern regions of Columbia. 

It has a black face with a brown body and slender legs. Spider monkeys are considered the world’s most dexterous primates.

They are blessed with a long prehensile tail and use it as an extra limb for picking up fruit or hanging from trees.

They are targeted by poachers because they make loud noises and shake trees whenever they are approached by humans. 

They’re messy pets and create a lot of chaos. They need a lot of attention and can get fussy without proper care.

They can survive on fruits, but you can also give them eggs, seeds, nuts, flowers, and leaves.

Threats to survival 

They are considered endangered because they are hunted as pets and due to deforestation and habitat loss.

32. Pygmy marmoset – Smallest type of monkey on the planet!

The pygmy marmoset or Callithrix pygmaea is the smallest type of monkey on the planet. 


It weighs just 0.5 ounces when it’s a baby. While they are very small, their tail can grow long, from 6 to 9 inches. It also resembles a reptile.


Pygmy marmoset loves to live in rainforests (habitat) with lots of hiding places. They are very loud and will scream and yell when they’re not satisfied.

However, a lot of people keep them as pets with care and patience. And they are suitable for small spaces.


Pygmy marmoset’s diet includes everything from flowers, fruits, insects, and small vertebrates. 

Threats to survival 

Some consider them endangered because they can easily become the prey for cats, snakes, and hawks.

33. Crab-eating Macaque

These macaques aren’t crab-eaters. They live in southeastern Asia, around the Philippines and Indonesia where they indulge in fresh fruit.


They have brown, black or gray fur and a thick coat of hair on their heads.


They are social beings with emotional personalities. They are also considered pests in densely populated areas. They need large spaces and will need to wear diapers for their whole life.

The social group of Crab-eating macaques is said to engage in fights but also reconcile soon after. They have long been used for research purposes by scientists.


Crab-eating macaques actually eat small birds, crabs, seeds, leaves, nuts, frogs, fruits, and lizards.

Threats to survival 

Being eaten or hunted by humans and the loss of forest habitats is causing their population to decline.


While it is intriguing to keep monkeys as pets, they are best left in their natural habits. 

It needs a lot of resources and effort to take care of a pet monkey.

Some types of monkeys that can be kept as pets have a life span of over 40 years! It can be a huge commitment to look after them. 

Difference between Monkeys and Apes

Monkeys and apes look alike. When you look at a marmoset or a gibbon, can you tell them apart?

Well, both monkeys are apes are primates, which means they are part of the larger human family tree.

You can differentiate between them by the absence or presence of a tail. Most monkeys have tails and apes don’t have one.

The body of an ape is different too. Monkeys are narrow-chested and smaller, while apes have broad chests and shoulder joints and are larger.

Apes can easily swing through trees due to their larger size. They are also more intelligent than their cousins.

While monkeys can also use gestures and sounds to communicate, apes have a more nuanced control of language, and trained apes have also been trained in sign languages.

Great apes like bonobo, gorilla, orangutan, and chimpanzee can be distinguished by their humanlike features and large size. The lesser ape species include gibbons and siamangs.

I really hope this guide is a valuable piece of information for those interested in knowing about the different types of monkeys. 

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