Bolivian squirrel monkey

Latin name Saimiri boliviensis boliviensis
Class Mammals
Order Primates
Family Cebidae
IUCN Status Least Concern (CITES Appendix II)
Habitat Rainforest
Distribution Bolivia, Brazil, Peru

General Information

Like all monkeys these are highly active and inquisitive. They are most at home in trees where they use their long tail to balance. In the wild they can live in large groups with as many as 200 individuals. Squirrel monkeys are diurnal, active during the daytime, often foraging alongside capuchins, stealing the food they drop. They are omnivores eating fruit, seeds, leaves, flowers, gum, insects and small vertebrates.

Threats: Habitat destruction, pet trade.

Lifespan: 20 years in captivity

Fun fact

Squirrel monkeys have many different calls when they talk to each other. They also use their sense of smell to communicate by urinating on their hands to mark their territory!

Keeper Notes

We have 2 small groups of squirrel monkeys at the zoo. Our group of boys consists of Quince, Fudge and his son Tiffin. Each has a very different personality and favourite food. Toffee, Tiffin’s mum, and Caramel are our female pair. All are part of an EEP (European Breeding Programme).