Squirrel monkey

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Common Name:
Squirrel monkey
Scientific Name:
Simia sciureus
Size: 26.9 - 31.8 cm
Weight: 898 g - 1.25 kg
Mammals
Omnivores
Native to South America
Rain Forest

Conservation Status

Least concern

**Squirrel Monkeys are currently not available for viewing**

A large group of mischievous squirrel monkeys reside here at Blackpool Zoo.   

Monkeys do eat more than just bananas!  In fact, they have a very varied diet in the wild, consuming seeds, leaves, flowers, some nuts, fruit, insects and even some small mammals. At the Zoo, they eat Trio (prepared food), carrots, seeds, fruit, vegetables, mealworms and multivitamins. 

Squirrel monkeys can live up to 20 years and are currently not endangered in the wild, their main predators being raptors, snakes and cats. They produce one baby a year which can be seen riding round on its mother’s back until they are almost the same size. They communicate by voice with a range of 25 to 30 different calls or by scent.

The squirrel monkey has white markings on its face, neck and ears, but a black muzzle and chin. In some languages, it’s referred to as the “death’s head” monkey because of its resemblance to a skull.

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