Goeldi’s monkeys are small primates native to the upper Amazon Basin regions of Bolivia, Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador and Peru. They prefer to live in the lower parts of bamboo forests amongst the developed undergrowth.
They are omnivores. In the wet season, their diet includes fruit, insects, spiders, lizards, frogs, and snakes. In the dry season, they feed on fungi, the only tropical primates known to depend on this source of food.
These primates live in small social groups that consist of around five to six individuals. These groups stay within a few feet of one another most of the time, staying in contact via high-pitched calls. They also use scent, facial, and body language in order to communicate with each other.
Females carry a single infant per pregnancy. The gestation period lasts from 140 to 180 days. For the first 2-3 weeks the mother acts as the primary caregiver until the father takes over most of the responsibilities except for nursing.
Destuctions of habitat is the main threat to Goeldi's monkeys at this time. Managing a stable population of the species in zoological collections is important the help increase their numbers and learn more about their behaviour.
- Latin Name: Callimico goeldii
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Primates
- Family: Callithrichidae
- Conservation Status: Vulnerable
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