Common Squirrel Monkey

Saimiri sciureus, the Common Squirrel Monkey is native to northern South America and can be found in French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, Amazonian Brazil and Colombia. These monkeys spend their time in the mid-level of tropical lowland forests of varying types. The species rarely come to the ground but when they do it is to feed and play.
The Sakiwinki, as it is known in Guyana, is a small size monkey with an average size of 12.5 inches and weighs between one and three pounds. Their fur is an olive grey colour and they have bright yellow limbs and yellow on their backs. The faces are white masks with dark eyes and black around the mouth and jaws. The Sakiwinki is one of the new world monkeys that do not have a prehensile tail. The tail is used to aid balance.

Because of its small size the species is hunted by raptors, snakes and small cats. They can therefore be found with other species of monkeys like the Capuchins which help to raise …..To continue reading, login or subscribe now.



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