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Monkeys are sociable animals. While resting they groom each other. This
social act maintains order. Groups vary in size. Some live in pairs for
life, others live in larger troops. Usually groups are protected by a
Most monkeys are active during the day. Only the night monkey, or
douroucouli (dur-uh-coo-lee), of South America moves around after dark.
The loudest monkeys are the howler monkeys of the New World. They are
the largest too. They howl to let other monkeys know where they are, and
to keep others out of their territory.
Baboons are the largest of all monkeys and live in tightly organized
groups. These troops can number into the hundreds. The hamadryas
(ham-uh-drys-uhs) baboons of eastern Africa live in smaller groups with
one male leading several females and their young.
Baboons are ground dwellers. They may travel 12 miles a day looking for
food. Living on the ground can make the baboon easy prey for many
predators, but a male baboon is a fierce foe topping the scale at 100
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