A Monkey Baby Grows Up (Baby Animals) by Joan Hewett

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30 The rain forests where the red-crowned mangabeys live are shrinking. Trees are being cut down for lumber. Houses are going up. Swampland is being drained. Farmers are planting crops. The charming, bright mangabey is in danger of extinction. More about Zoos Most of us will never see a monkey in its natural habitat. But you can see monkeys at a zoo. Spend some time there. These lively animals are fascinating to watch. Gabbie, the red-crowned mangabey in this book, lives at the Los Angeles Zoo in California.

Still, red-crowned mangabeys spend most of their lives on the ground. If you were walking through a rain forest in Nigeria, you would probably hear red-crowned mangabeys before seeing them. Their whooping, barking, grunts, and chatter would lead you to them. These monkeys live in groups. A group of mangabeys moves through the rain forest in search of food and water. The monkeys call to each other to keep in touch. If one monkey spies a crouching leopard, its loud cries will alert the others. 30 The rain forests where the red-crowned mangabeys live are shrinking.

With the help of its thumb, a monkey can grasp branches and pick up and hold food. The red-crowned mangabey is an African monkey. It is also known as the red-capped mangabey and white-collared mangabey. Red-crowned mangabeys range across hot humid rain forests and swamplands, from Nigeria to the Zaire River. The monkeys scamper up trees and vines. They leap through the air with dazzling ease. Still, red-crowned mangabeys spend most of their lives on the ground. If you were walking through a rain forest in Nigeria, you would probably hear red-crowned mangabeys before seeing them.

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