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Squirrel Monkey

Saimiri sciureus

Description:

Squirrel monkey fur is short and close, colored olive at the shoulders and yellowish orange on its back and extremities. Their throat and the ears are white and their mouths are black. The upper part of their head is hairy.

Habitat:

Squirrel monkeys live in the tropical forests of Central and South America in the canopy layer. Most species have parapatric or allopatric ranges in the Amazon.

Notes:

Like most of their New World monkey relatives, squirrel monkeys are diurnal and arboreal. Unlike the other New World monkeys, their tail is not used for climbing, but as a kind of "balancing pole" and also as a tool. Their movements in the branches can be very rapid. This squirrel monkey is in the Phoenix Zoo.

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1 Comment

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Very cute!
Please can you add where you saw this (zoo, wildlife park) in the notes. Thanks!

Kpom
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Arizona, USA

Spotted on Apr 2, 2009
Submitted on Mar 1, 2012

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