Bolivian squirrel monkey
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
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!
We have four squirrel monkeys at the zoo. Three males Quince, Fudge and his son Tiffin and female Caramel. Each has a very different personality and favourite food. All are part of an EEP (European Breeding Programme).