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On December 14, 2000, the world first celebrated Monkey Day. Today, Monkey Day celebrates monkeys from the snowy mountains of Japan to the humid jungles of Brazil.
 
Some of the most endangered species of monkeys in the world are found in the Amazon rain forest of South America. The brown howler monkey and brown spider monkey are losing their habitats. People in Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela are working to balance the monkeys’ habitats with agriculture and logging businesses.
 
Monkey Day encourages people to celebrate the world’s monkeys with “monkey business”! Some “monkey business” of past Monkey Days includes a new comic character from Hello Kitty and parties where people dress as their favorite monkey!
Noun

the art and science of cultivating the land for growing crops (farming) or raising livestock (ranching).

ape
Noun

large, intelligent primate with no tail.

celebrate
Verb

to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.

Noun

organism threatened with extinction.

flexible
Adjective

able to bend easily.

Noun

environment where an organism lives throughout the year or for shorter periods of time.

humid
Adjective

air containing a large amount of water vapor.

jungle
Noun

tropical ecosystem filled with trees and underbrush.

logging
Noun

industry engaged in cutting down trees and moving the wood to sawmills.

monkey
Noun

mammal considered to be highly intelligent, with four limbs and, usually, a tail.

primate
Noun

type of mammal, including humans, apes, and monkeys.

prosimian
adjective, noun

grouping of primates, including lemurs, lorises, and tarsiers.

Noun

area of tall, mostly evergreen trees and a high amount of rainfall.

simian
Noun

ape or monkey.

snout
Noun

protruding nose and jaw of an animal such as a pig.

threaten
Verb

to scare or be a source of danger.