Animals & Attractions

There are six yellow-breasted capuchins here at Edinburgh Zoo -Giselle, Pele, Alcides, Juan, Nuno and Dennis.

Giselle is the eldest of the group and was born on Valentines Day 1989!

You can help feed and care for our capuchins and other threatened animals around the world by donating today - if you can, please support our Survival Fund.

Fun facts!

  • Yellow-breasted capuchin are highly social and communicate vocally with each other using barks, growls, screams, whistles and chattering
  • They live in groups of up to thirty made up of both males and females, while similar in appearance, the males are larger
  • They are mostly brown and black; but get their name from the golden yellow fur that covers their upper arms, chest and stomach
  • They have a mixed diet of chicks, eggs, flowers, fruit, insects, leaves, nectar, nuts, seeds, shoots, and spiders. To break the shells of nuts, they will smash two together or strike them against branches

How we're helping

As a wildlife conservation charity, we care for both the animals here at the zoo and work to protect endangered species around the world.

From providing genetics expertise and veterinary health, to protecting wild places with local conservation partners, and even restoring threatened species to the wild, we are active where we are needed most.

Our yellow-breasted capuchins are part of the European Endangered Species Programme. Native to the Atlantic rainforest in Brazil, populations have decreased by over 80 per cent in the past 50 years due to hunting and habitat loss.

We support conservation projects working with other remarkable primate species including the Budongo Conservation Field Station, which exists to study and protect a community of nearly 700 wild chimpanzees.

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