Found only in Atlantic coastal rainforest.
These monkeys are highly intelligent, and have been known to use their nimble hands to hold pieces of rock and sticks as tools – allowing them to eat a large range of fruits, nuts, birds, eggs and small mammals.
They are highly social monkeys, forming groups of both sexes consisting of up to 10 to 30 individuals. They are very vocal, using a variety of noises to communicate including barks, trills, grunts, chatters and growls.
They are found only in the vanishing habitat of the Atlantic coastal rainforest of Brazil, so habitat destruction is a real threat to these clever monkeys, as well as the illegal pet trade. Only 2% of their native rainforest exists today.
- Latin Name: Cebus apella xanthosternos
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Primates
- Family: Cebidae
- Conservation Status: Critically Endangered
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