Bolivian Squirrel Monkey
Saimiri Boliviensis or Black-capped Squirrel Monkey
The black-capped squirrel monkey is a South American squirrel monkey, found in Bolivia, Brazil and Peru in the area of the Amazon’s . From head to tail they are around 25cm big. The male species are a little bigger and heavier then the females. The tail is not used to grab onto branches, instead, their long tail is used to help them to balance when climbing about on the high branches.
During the day they are living high in the trees just under the top so they are protected for predators from the bottom and from the sky. They communicate between each other with a different range of noises. So in the event of a predator they can warn each other.
Squirrel monkeys are very sociable and they live in groups of 40 to 50 animals but it is also known that there are groups of 200 up to 300 animals. The female squirrel monkeys are leading the group. The male squirrel monkeys are living in a sub group. There are different sub groups like the females that are pregnant and females that have babies. During the day the groups are living apart from each other but during the night they are all together.
All these photos are taken at the Apenheul in the Netherlands.Most of the monkeys in this zoo are living in areas where the visitors can walk so you can see the monkeys really close so you could touch them if they allowed it. But monkeys are fast and they can bite if you don't watch out.