SQUIRREL MONKEY

SQUIRREL MONKEY (Saimiri sciureus)

This small primate lives in groups of 10 to 100 individuals in the wild and their hierarchy system is dominated by the prime female or alpha female.  They are very active along the day in the search of food like nectar, fruits, insects and small vertebrates. They inhabit primary forests and they prefer sites with large supplies of water like the flooded forests in the Amazon. The squirrel monkeys have learned to adapt to disturbed areas due to the destruction of their habitat and deforestation. These monkeys are vulnerable to hunting and usually they are sold as pets.

Conservation status: Almost threatened
Longevity in captivity: 25 years