Squirrel Monkey

Saimiri sciureus

Body Length:>10"–14"
Weight:Males: 1.3–2.8 lbs; females: 0.8–1.6 lbs
Geographic Distribution:Northeastern and eastern Amazon
Habitat:Riverine habitat, savannah forest, swamp, marsh, mangrove forest, seasonally flooded and nonflooded rain forests, and cultivated areas
Wild Diet:Insects, fruits, berries, nuts, flowers, buds, seeds, leaves, gum, spiders, and some small vertebrates
Zoo Diet:Science diet, Spectrum chow, frugivore diet, carrots, green beans, sweet potatoes, spinach, lettuce, celery, grapes or raisins, peanuts or sunflower seeds, crickets or mealworms, hard-boiled eggs
Status in the Wild:Least Concern
Location:Tropic World: South America

Squirrel monkeys are seasonally sexually dimorphic (with two distinct genders). Males get larger during the breeding season. The upper parts of the body are a grayish olive color, the lower parts are white, and there is a wash of yellow or orange on the limbs. The tail is black-tipped. They have black on the muzzle and head with white around the eyes, creating a mask. This facial mask is either characterized as having a "Roman" or "gothic" arch shape. Their short, well-developed thumbs are slightly opposable and their tail is slightly prehensile (able to grasp) and can be slightly used for support.