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Goeldi's Monkey

We are currently home to two groups of Goeldi's monkeys, the first is a bachelor group and the second is a breeding pair and their offspring, the most recent of which was born in December 2015.

Goeldi’s monkey group sizes are usually between 2-8 individuals, so there is still plenty of room for the family to expand further! 

Location in the Zoo

Both groups can be found in the Small Monkeys, Magic Forest exhibit.

Breeding Programme Category:

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland currently manage the captive population of Goeldi's monkeys through the European Endangered Species Programme.

In the Wild

Goeldi’s monkeys (Callimico goeldii) are small, about the size of a squirrel and come from the Amazon Basin regions of Columbia, Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru. Although they might look like tamarins, Goeldi’s monkeys are actually quite different.

Goeldi’s monkeys move around by vertical clinging and leaping from tree to tree. They prefer to forage above ground level looking for fruiting trees and come down to the ground in search of insects and vertebrates. Goeldi’s monkeys scent mark their territory with urine and secretions that leave light brown smears. Like many other monkeys, they also have a range of calls: chirps, chucks and screams that are used when feeding, to warn of danger or to keep in touch with other groups.

They normally live in family groups of about 2-10 animals made up of a breeding pair and their offspring. The dominant female will give birth to one infant and will then carry the baby for up to 20 days. The male and other siblings then shares duties with the female.

Goeldi’s monkeys are under threat from deforestation for logging, farming, oil and gas enterprises.

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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


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


Population is decreasing, IUCN June 2008


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