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The animal on the cover of Designing Active Server Pages is a night monkey (Aotus). The night monkey, also known as the owl monkey, is found in South America, specifically in Northern Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Equador, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and Venezuela. It lives in trees and subsists on a diet of fruit, leaves, insects, flowers, and bird eggs. As its name suggests, it is nocturnal and in fact, is the only nocturnal member of the monkey species. It is one of the smaller primates; adults usually weigh about two pounds and are about 11-16 inches long. A night monkey’s eyes are larger than any other South American primate’s and are a great asset to their nighttime lifestyle.
Night monkeys are monogamous and travel in family packs. The mother cares for a newborn in its first week of life; after that, the father takes over all parental duties except for nursing. The father carries the baby for approximately six months. The baby begins easing more into family play and foraging for food on its own in the second half of its first year. A night monkey reaches maturity between two and three years of age, at which point it leaves its family group and strikes out on its own.
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