A spider-like primate named Elvis recently celebrated his 60th birthday, becoming perhaps the oldest monkey of his kind. The primate lives in the zoo of the American city of Boise, where he has become a real celebrity.It belongs to the Koata genus of the spider monkey family.
Elvis is considered to be possibly the oldest spider monkey in the world – among those known in captivity. This old fellow has lived at Boise Zoo since 1973. According to the zoo staff, the primate has already become a local star. Despite his “abnormal” age, Elvis is very active and feels great.
The primate has interesting preferences – for example, he dislikes the male staff of the zoo, and prefers his keepers to be women only. In addition, he has a dislike for some individual employees, which he is not ashamed to show openly.
Members of the koat genus live in the tropical forests of Central and South America, and mainly in Panama, Ecuador, and Mexico. They usually live high up in trees and feed on fruit, but can sometimes snack on flowers, leaves and insects. They are characterized by a very tenacious tail with which they can hang from branches and pick up food and objects.