UAKARIS

The uakari genus, Cacajao, includes at least four species and four subspecies.

Cacajao calvus

CONSERVATION STATUS: VULNERABLE

The bald uakari (pronounced ‘wakari’) is a small, red-faced primate native to the Amazon rainforest in South America. Also called bald-headed uakaris, red uakaris, and scarlet fever uakaris, these primates have a limited distribution range across the Amazon River Basin in eastern Peru and western Brazil. They once inhabited southern Colombia but are assumed to have

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Cacajao melanocephalus

CONSERVATION STATUS: LEAST CONCERN

The black-headed uakari was declared a distinct species in 2008 due to its genetic, morphological, and ecological differences from other uakari species. Also known as the golden-backed uakari, golden-backed black uakari, and Homboldt’s black-headed uakari, this New World monkey lives in northwestern Brazil, southeastern…

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