Funny Monkeys: 25 Wild and Crazy Monkeys!


Image adapted from Tambako The Jaguar

Our planet is so incredibly diverse, and filled with all sorts of weird-looking wildlife that you have to sometimes see to believe. With over 260 species of monkeys on our planet, there is no shortage of strange looking money faces. Here are our top 25 funky monkeys!

1. Spectacled Langur

Image by Steve Childs

  • Native to Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand
  • Spectacled langurs are arboreal (spend most of their time in the canopy of trees)
  • Captive studies have shown that after any aggressive events, these langurs are extremely good at reconciling their differences, which they do by embracing, grooming or presenting their hind-quarters


2. Emperor Tamarin

Emperor-Tamarin-Funky-Monkey-Little-CritterzImage by Tambako The Jaguar

  • The Emperor Tamarin is found in the treetops of the rainforest in Peru
  • It is known as “the emperor” because of its odd, humorous looking white moustache, which is thought to resemble that of German emperor Wilhelm II
  • They use loud calls to make their presence known, especially near their territorial boundaries

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3. Golden Snub-nosed Monkey

Golden Snub-nosed Monkey Funky Monkeys Little Critterz #primatesImage by Giovanni Mari

  • Native to the mountains of central and southwest China, including the mountains of Tibet
  • They live in cold forests high up in these mountains. In such a cold place, a long nose would be difficult to keep warm, their little slits for noses don’t get frostbite in the cold
  • They have the largest herd among tree-dwelling monkeys, hanging in groups as large hundreds of monkeys!


4. Tarsier Monkey

Tarsier_ReplacementImage by wikipedia

  • Native to the rain forests of the Philippines, Sulawesi, Borneo, and Sumatra
  • Eyes of tarsiers have 0.63 inches in diameter. Each eye is heavier than the brain. They have the largest eyes (compared to the body size) of all mammals
  • Their extremely large eyes give them excellent eyesight which help them locate the prey and avoid the predators


5. Red Uakari Monkey

red faced uakari monkeyImage by Brian Ritchie

  • Native to the Amazon Forest of Brazil and Peru
  • These medium-sized monkeys may look strange to us, but the redder their face is, the more attractive they are to each other, as sick monkeys have pale faces
  • They mainly eat fruit and nuts. They have very powerful jaws and sharp teeth that enable them to bite into nuts that other monkeys can’t


6. Orangutan

Orangutan-Funky-Monkey-Little-CritterzImage by Tambako The Jaguar

  • Orangutans live in Indonesia and Malaysia on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo
  • Over 90% of orangutan habitat has been destroyed in the last 20 years due to palm oil industry
  • The strength of Orangutans is believed to be 7 times greater than human strength


7. White-Faced Saki Monkey

White Faced Saki | Funky Monkeys Little Critterz #primatesImage by Tambako The Jaguar

  • The saki monkey is native to the rainforest of Peru, Bolivia, and parts Brazil
  • They spend most of their time up in the trees and are rarely seen on the ground
  • They have especially strong hind legs so they can make the huge leaps needed when moving from tree-top to tree-top


8. Mustached Guenon

Mustached-Guenon-ReplacementImage by Eric Kilby

  • Native to the rainforests of Central Africa, ranging from Cameroon to Angola
  • They have long black legs, a rounded head, a long tail and large cheek pouches  
  • These monkeys have a unique call that resembles the sound of a sneeze. This “sneeze call” alarms the other monkeys of potential danger.


9. De Brazza’s Monkey

De_Brazza's_Funky_Monkey_Little_CritterzImage by Commons.wikimedia

  • Native to Central Africa, from Cameroon and Angola to Ethiopia
  • De Brazza’s monkeys are common throughout their range, although they face potential threats from habitat loss and the illegal pet trade
  • When threatened, they successfully hide by curling into a ball with their white parts hidden


10. Gelada Baboon

Gelada Baboons, Simien Mountains Ethiopia | Funky Monkeys Little Critterz #primatesImage by Rod Waddington

  • Gelada baboons are native to the high mountain meadows of Ethiopia, an environment with very steep cliffs
  • At night, these animals drop over precipice edges to sleep huddled together on ledges
  • They are the last surviving species of ancient grazing primates that were once numerous


11. Pygmy Marmoset

Pygmy-Marmoset-Funky-Monkey-Little-CritterzImage by Tambako The Jaguar

  • Native to the rainforest canopy in Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and northern Bolivia
  • The pygmy marmoset is the world’s smallest monkey, weighing as much as a stick of butter
  • This monkey is so tiny it can fit perfectly in a human palm


12. Owl Monkey

Owl-Funky-Monkey-Little-CritterzImage by Wikipedia

  • The owl monkey can be found in Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina and Bolivia
  • The owl monkey is nocturnal, sleeping during the day and very active by night
  • Their large brown eyes are perfect for collecting the little light available during the darker hours of night


13. Mandrill Monkey 

Mandrill-Funky-Monkey-Little-CritterzImage by Pixabay

  • Mandrills are shy and reclusive primates that live only in the rainforests of equatorial Africa.
  • Mandrills are the largest of all monkeys
  • Rafiki, the wise monkey in the Disney classic The Lion King, is a mandrill


14. Proboscis Monkey

Proboscis Monkey | Funky Monkey Little Critterz #primatesImage by

  • The proboscis monkey is endemic to the southeast Asian island of Borneo
  • The male proboscis monkeys are known to use their fleshy long noses to attract their mates- the longer the nose, the more attractive they are!
  • They are known to make loud honking sounds with the help of their long noses. However, females have smaller noses

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15. Hamadryas Baboon

Hamadryas-Baboon-Funky-Monkey-Little-Monkey2Image by Tambako The Jaguar

  • The Hamadryas baboon is native to the Horn of Africa and the southwestern tip of the Arabian Peninsula
  • Male Hamadryas will have staring contests, which is considered a threat behavior
  • Egyptians believed that Hamadryas baboons were sacred to the god, Thoth, the god of learning


16. Rhesus Macaque

Rhesus-Macaque-Funky-Monkey-Little-CritterzImage by Pixabay

  • The rhesus macaque is still widespread across southern Asia
  • It has large cheek pouches which it uses to store food when foraging
  • They have been known to steal human food from villagers


17. Roloway Monkey

Roloway-Funky-Monkey-Little-CritterzImage by Commons.wikimedia

  • The rollaway monkey is an endangered species and lives only in a small area eastern Ivory Coast and the forests of Ghana
  • They have a black face with a long white beard
  • In the past 100 years, Ghana has lost 80% of its forested lands due to deforestation, making roloway monkeys in the top 3 most endangered monkeys in Ghana


18. Wolf’s Mona Monkey

Wolf's_mona_funky_monkey_Little_CritterzImage by Commons.wikimedia

  • The Wolf’s Mona Monkey is found in central Africa, primarily between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda
  • Monas are very active monkeys and can be seen “flying” or moving very quickly from tree to tree
  • Mona monkeys respond to danger by freezing in place


19. Lesula Monkey 

Lesula-Funky-Monkey-Little-CritterzImage by Commons.wikimedia

  • The lesula monkey is found in the Lomami Basin of the Congo
  • The first lesula seen in 2007 by researchers, was the pet of a schoolgirl
  • These monks have bright blue bums!


20. Javan Langur

Javan-ReplacementImage by Hans De Bisshop

  •  The javan langur is isolated to Java, Bali, and the Indonesian island of Lombok
  • These monkeys are endangered due to deforestation and habitat loss
  • It is thought that young javan langurs are brightly coloured because this alerts females to their presence and ensures that they will always be noticed and protected


21. Cotton-Top Tamarin

Cotton-Top-Tamarin-Funky-Monkey-Little-Critterz3Image by Brad

  • The cotton-top tamarin is found throughout Central and South America
  • They are one of the smallest species of monkeys, weighing .5 kg
  • When coming into contact with other groups of monkeys, instead of physical contact, they will threaten the other group by showing their rear ends as a territorial display


22. Drill Monkey

Drill-Funky-Monkey-Little-CritterzImage by Meredith Nutting

  • Drills are found in the countries of Cameroon and Nigeria and on the island of Bioko, Equatorial Guinea
  • Male drills become very colorful as they mature, developing red chins and red, pink and blue bottoms
  • These monkeys will communicate with a “grin” where they show their teeth (almost in a smile) as a friendly gesture


23. Lion-Tailed Macaque

Lion-Tailed-Macaque-Funky-Monkey-Little-CritterzImage by Tim Strater

  • The lion-tailed macaque is endemic to the Western Ghats of South India
  • Lion-tailed macaques are known for their lion-like manes and tails
  •  These monkeys have cheek pouches that open beside the lower teeth and extend down the side of the neck, when fully extended, these pouches can store an equivalent to their stomach’s capacity!


24. Gee’s Golden Langur

Gee's-Golden-Langur-Funky-Monkey-Little_CritterzImage by WikiMedia

  • The Gee’s golden langur is found in a small region of western Assam, India and in the neighboring foothills of the Black Mountains of Bhutan
  • Gee’s golden langurs are known for having long tails which can grow up to 39 inches long, even longer than their bodies
  • They use these tails to swing from one tree to another!


25. Red-Shanked Douc

Red-Shanked-Douc-Funky-Monkey-Little-CritterzImage by Commons.wikimedia

  • The red-shanked doc is endemic to Indochina
  • This monkey is sometimes called the “costumed ape” for its extravagant appearance
  • They have large stomachs which are divided into sacs containing bacteria that break down the cellulose in leaves, which give them their pot-bellied look. This also makes them burp a lot from the resulting gas!


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