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Common Squirrel Monkey

We are home to two groups of common squirrel monkeys.

Location in the Zoo

Our common squirrel monkeys can be found in our Living Links Centre.

Breeding programme category:

Our common squirrel monkeys are part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) which is currently managed by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland.

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Status

Not Endangered NE
Data Deficient DD
Least Concern LC
Near Threatened NT
Vulnerable VU
Endangered EN
Critically Endangered CR
Extinct in the wild EW
Extinct EX

Least Concern

For more info on classifications visit www.iucnredist.org

Size

Relative to 6ft (2m) man Relative to 6ft (2m) man

Population

Population is decreasing, IUCN June 2008

Habitat

  • Rainforests

    Rainforests

Diet

Omnivore Omnivore
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In The Wild

Common squirrel monkeys (Saimiri sciureus) are South American tropical rainforest animals. Until fairly recently there were only two species of squirrel monkey, however the genus has been now been reclassified into five species. They can live in groups of up to 100 individuals.

They use all levels of the forest, but forage and travel mainly in the lower canopy and understory. Squirrel monkeys spend most of their time foraging for fruit—a large part of their diet—as well as insects and other small animal prey.

They have a short, greyish or olive in coloured coat except for their bright yellow legs. It has a white face with a peak of dark fur on the forehead and a dark muzzle. Their tail is not prehensile but it used in balancing as the animal jumps through the trees.

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