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World Monkeys Day: Interesting Monkeys Facts

Written by : Info Box Team
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It's time to celebrate our primates monkeys, apes, tarsiers, lemurs, etc. Yes, what you have heard is true. A day i.e., December 14th is observed as 'Monkey day' annually to raise awareness of the theory of evolution, medical research and animal rights.

Interesting facts of monkeys

  • Informally, many of us use the word 'monkeys' for apes, chimpanzees, gibbons and for many other simian primates because of the similarities among them. But all the around 260 monkey species in the world aren't of the same type. Monkeys come under either of the New World monkeys (capuchins, howler etc..) or Old World monkeys (baboons and macaques) and Hominoid Apes (chimpanzees, gorillas, gibbons, orangutans, and also humans) are being the third group. What we want to say is...it wouldn't be fair to exclude non-monkey simians from the celebrations as the day conveys only the word 'monkeys'. Here is a table that shows a few of the different types of monkeys and apes.

  • Most monkeys have human-like faces, relatively large brains and grasping hands. They are treated one of the most social animals. Latin America's Capuchin monkeys are often trained to aid the disabled. The Rhesus macaque and the African green monkeys are used in laboratories for scientific researches.

  • There are many theories about grooming among monkeys. For relaxing and reducing stress, the female monkeys groom each other. Female monkeys use it as a trade commodity for alliances and gaining protection.

  • In Christianity, monkeys represent "lewdness, greed, and the devil."

  • Ancient Egyptians believed the gods might be transformed into animals like monkeys. Paints on walls in Egypt depict monkeys were involved in human tasks and some even were mummified. Egyptians used them as pets, as sacred temple monkeys and as the ritual animals in religious proceedings.

  • In Indian mythology, the monkey is featured as the son of the wind - the great god "Hanuman" who helped Lord Rama to free his wife Sita from the demon Ravana in Lanka.

Disseminate the day by giving your hand to the conservation of all things simians. They deserve their existence on the earth. Let them live their life freely. Have a nice World Monkey Day.

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