WOOLLY MONKEY (Lagothrix poeppigii)
These large and robust monkeys inhabit the primary and tropical rain forests of the Amazon. They live in groups of about 30 individuals and they are very sociable. These primates are omnivore and they like to eat figs and native fruits like the “guaba”, small vertebrates and a variety of insects. They have a very important ecological role for being the “farmers of the Amazonian forests”.
The woolly monkeys are vulnerable to hunting because their meat is appreciated by the local ´people. For this reason, in the troops of woolly monkeys the adults will be killed for their meat while the babies are taken to be sold as pets.
Conservation status: Endangered
Longevity in captivity: 25 years