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Bolivian Squirrel Monkey

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Squirrel Monkeys spend half their day foraging for insects, fruits and seeds but only 10% eating leaves and greens.

Description: The Bolivian Squirrel Monkey has a small, white face with a black nose and muzzle. Its coat varies in colour from brown and grey to golden. It also has a slim tail that is much longer than its body.

Diet: Bolivian Squirrel Monkeys are omnivores and eat insects, fruit and seeds.

In the wild: Bolivian Squirrel Monkeys usually live in groups of 40–50 but these groups may reach 200 or more. Breeding females tend to look after the offspring of another female. An infant may spend 30% of its time in the care of a mother other than its own. This monkey is diurnal (active during the day) and arboreal (lives in trees).

Threats: Bolivian Squirrel Monkeys are at most risk from the loss of their natural rainforest habitat in South America. Threats to this species include logging for the timber industry, land clearing for agriculture and the illegal pet trade.

Did you know?

The Bolivian Squirrel Monkey is more vocal, social and active than the Common Squirrel Monkey. When they move through the forest, they twitter and cluck to bring insects and animals out for their food.

Precinct
Amazonia
Scientific name
Saimiri boliviensis
Conservation status
Least Concern
Body length
27–32 cm
Weight
950 g
Class
Mammal
Gestation
150–170 days
Number of young
1
Distribution
The Amazon, South America
Habitat
Rainforest
Region
South America

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