White-throated Capuchin Monkey
Native to the rainforests of Central America and North-western South America.
At Newquay Zoo they get fed a variety of fruit, leafy greens, root vegetables and invertebrates for extra protein.
They feed on many different types of food including; fruit, other plant material, invertebrates and small vertebrates.
They live in a troop that can exceed 20 individuals, including both males and females. They have been known for tool-use, including rubbing plants over its body in an apparent use of herbal medicine, using tools as weapons and for getting to food.
The White-throated Capuchin uses a polygamous mating system in which a male may mate with multiple females. Copulation lasts 2 minutes and the gestation period is 5-6 months. Usually a single young is born, but twins do occur. Sexually maturity can be reached at 3 years. Living for up to 54 years.
The White-throated Capuchin is regarded as Least Concern. However, they are under threat by the pet trade as well as deforestation.
- Latin Name: Cebus capucinus
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Primates
- Family: Cebidae
- Conservation Status: Least Concern
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