Swing Through the Trees With Amazing Spider Monkeys

May 12, 2015 - 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. Production and Cinematography by Danny Schmidt and Federico Pardo.