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Squirrel Monkey


Squirrel Monkey
Habitat

Tropical forests of Central and South America. They spend most of their time in the canopy, and rarely come down to the forest floor.

Wild Diet

Nimble fingers and a natural curiosity allow these monkeys to forage for a wide range of plants and insects for food.

Breeding

Females give birth during the rainy season, and care exclusively for their young.

Threats

Habitat destruction is decreasing the natural habitat of these monkeys, however they are common throughout their natural range. They are captured for the pet trade, and sometimes for medical research. Natural predators include snakes and large falcons.

INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Saimiri sciureus
  • Class: Mammals
  • Order: Primates
  • Family: Cebidae
  • Conservation Status: Least Concern
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