Black-Capped Squirrel Monkey
Black-Capped Squirrel Monkey: Saimiri boliviensis
Distribution and Habitat
These monkeys are found in Costa Rica, Panama, Venezuela, Columbia, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, Bolivia, Peru and Brazil.
Found primarily in the tropical rainforest lowlands, they can live in a variety of habitats, including edge forests, undisturbed and selective logged tropical forest, swamps and mangroves.
Squirrel monkeys average 9-15 inches in length and can weigh one to three pounds. They have short, dense fur. Their face is white, their ears, throat, head , back and legs are yellow to gray-green. Their under parts are yellow to white. Infants have a prehensile tail but adults lose this ability, using their long tail for balancing while jumping through the trees. Adult tails may be as long as 14 inches in length.
Squirrel monkeys are arboreal and rarely come to the ground. They are active during the day and move from tree to tree searching for food.
They are excellent climbers and leapers and can travel long distances through the forest running along and leaping between branches.