SQUIRREL MONKEYS

The squirrel monkey genus, Saimiri, includes at least seven species and seven subspecies.

Saimiri boliviensis

CONSERVATION STATUS: LEAST CONCERN

Black-capped squirrel monkeys, also known as Bolivian squirrel monkeys, Peruvian squirrel monkeys, and black-headed squirrel monkeys, are endemic to Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru. These New World monkeys can adapt to several habitat types including disturbed and edge forests. However, they are found primarily in lowland….

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Saimiri oerstedii

CONSERVATION STATUS: ENDANGERED

Black-crowned Central American squirrel monkeys, also known as Central American squirrel monkeys and red-backed squirrel monkeys, are endemic to the Pacific coast of Costa Rica and inland Panama. Two subspecies occur along the Pacific coast of Costa Rica: S. o. oerstedii, also commonly called black-crested CentraL.

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Saimiri vanzolinii

CONSERVATION STATUS: ENDANGERED

The black-headed squirrel monkey, also called the black squirrel monkey, is limited in geographic range to the várzea forest within the Mamirauá Sustainable Development Reserve in Brazil. They occur exclusively in flooded forests and have the smallest geographic distribution of any known Neotropical primate. They specifically…

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Saimiri collinsi

CONSERVATION STATUS: LEAST CONCERN

Collins’ squirrel monkeys are endemic to eastern Amazonia, south of the Amazon River. They are found in the Amazon and in the transition areas between the Amazon and the Cerrado biome, a wooded grassland, neighboring the Amazon rainforest. They prefer secondary forest habitats situated close to rivers or…

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Saimiri ustus

CONSERVATION STATUS: NEAR THREATENED

The golden-backed squirrel monkey, also known as the bare-eared squirrel monkey, is a new world monkey species that is endemic to the Amazon basin, primarily found in Brazil, south of the Amazon River. They prefer seasonally flooded habitats and swamp forests along the banks of the river; however, they can also be found in…

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Saimiri sciureus

CONSERVATION STATUS: LEAST CONCERN

Guianan squirrel monkeys are endemic to the tropical forests of French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Brazil. They occupy many forests types, generally preferring primary and secondary forests. They may venture to the forest floor or explore the upper reaches of the canopy, but they spend most of their time

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Saimiri cassiquiarensis

CONSERVATION STATUS: LEAST CONCERN

Humboldt’s squirrel monkeys are endemic to Brazil, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, and northern Peru. Like most squirrel monkeys, Humboldt’s squirrel monkeys can adapt to many changes and disturbances in their environment and can thrive in a variety of rainforest types. However, they prefer riparian and secondary forests…

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