Playing catch-up... yes, yes, I'll finish (even though I left out L and M).
Spider Monkeys look like Silent Hill monsters. Okay, I use that comparison a lot, and I know it doesn't mean anything to the majority of people since the majority does not play Silent Hill to understand exactly what I mean.
A quick lesson in identifying a monkey versus an ape: if it has a tail, it's a monkey.
A quick lesson in identifying an Old World monkey (Africa/Asia) versus a New World monkey (South America): if it hangs from a tree by its tail, it's a New World monkey. Even as a kid it bothered me to no end that in The Lion King video game for Sega Genesis, the monkeys hung by their tails!
This prehensile tail of the New World monkeys (prehensile means the tail can wrap around things and grip them) acts as a fifth limb. Because of the way New World monkeys, like spider monkeys, maneuver through the forest, a gripping tail is essential. Old World monkeys don't need that extra appendage.
All right, I feel like I cheated with this one and should have waited until "Y" to do yaks, but it is specifically the Wild Yak that is endangered. For all the typical reasons -- over hunting for their meat and their pelt.
The yak is an integral part of the Tibetan yak herder's diet. So much so that I've heard figures of their diet comprised of 40% of the yak's fatty milk. Yak milk is turned into yak butter, which in turn is turned into bocha, Tibetan butter tea. Before I became vegan, bocha was my favorite comfort drink. The salty, savory drink goes down like a rich broth. Though I'm sure the kind I had was made with standard cow milk butter.
If I could do my life over again, I would be a domestic yak herder. Actually I said this to my partner this morning, and he said, "Well, why can't you do it in this lifetime?" So in a few years when he and I move to Colorado, I might just have a small yak pack.
And I LOVE baby yaks.