VIDEO: Spider monkeys have a prehensile tail, a fifth limb that plays an important role as they spend their days high up in the tropical forest canopy. As National Geographic grantee Andrés Link explains in this video showing spider monkeys in the Magdalena River Valley of Colombia, the monkeys use their tail for added safety as they grasp tree branches. Spider monkeys can even let go with their arms and hang by their tail as they play and wrestle with each other. Baby spider monkeys also wrap their tiny tail around their mother’s tail for security as they ride around on her back.
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PRODUCTION AND CINEMATOGRAPHY: Danny Schmidt and Federico Pardo
ADDITIONAL CINEMATOGRAPHY: Juan Pablo Bueno
EDITOR: Federico Pardo
SENIOR PRODUCER: Jeff Hertrick
PRODUCTION ASSISTANCE: Camila Rodriguez
SPECIAL THANKS: Andres Link, Andres Montes, Natalia Alvis, Arnulfo Montoya, Nathalia Bustamante, Alicia Bonilla, Melissa Scheel, Lalinde Family, De Greiff Family, Anthony Di Fiore, and Gabriela De Luna
Swing Through the Trees With Amazing Spider Monkeys | National Geographic