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Scientific Name: 
Saimiri boliviensis
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Primates
Genus: 
Saimiri
Species: 
boliviensis
Status: 
Least Concern
Population Trend: 
Decreasing
Quick Facts

Life Span: 15 years in the wild, and about 20 years in captivity

Size: 27-32cm, plus a 35-42cm tail

Weight: 950 grams

Gestation: 150-170 days 

Fun Facts

Social monkeys: The Bolivian Squirrel monkey is more vocal and social than the Common Squirrel Monkey

Long tail: The long tail of these monkeys assists with their balance as they move through treetops and leap from branch to branch

Never lonely: Squirrel monkey groups can have up to 500 members!

Intelligent species: Squirrel monkeys are believed to be one of the most intelligent species of primate! They are known to have the largest brain to body ratio of all monkeys

Great eyesight: These monkeys have amazing vision and can see in colour, which means that they can spot fruits and other prey with ease.

Squirrel Monkeys are New World monkeys native to Central and South America. These small primates are split into 5 different Squirrel Monkey species, and are the only genus in the subfamily Samirinae.

At Taronga:

Taronga is home to a group of Bolivian Squirrel Monkeys. These monkeys have a small white face with a black nose, and are known for the distinctive arch pattern above their eyes. 

They have recently moved into their new habitat at Taronga Zoo Sydney, where guests have the chance to get up close and watch these monkeys climb and swing in the trees! 

The NEW Squirrel Monkey Jungle Walk opens on December 21 2016. Swing by these summer school holidays and find out more here.

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Source: 
IUCN Redlist
Year assessed: 
2008