Squirrel monkeys are new world monkeys found in Central and South America. Extremely sociable, squirrel monkeys depend on the whole group for survival against predators.


Saimiri sciureus

Squirrel Monkeys live in groups called troops, the groups consist of a number of males, with one dominant male. They can be very vocal using up to 26 different calls.

Squirrel Monkeys are very important to the survival of South American rainforests, they control the insect population and disperse seeds.

Squirrel Monkeys live together in groups of up to 100 members, however occasionally smaller groups can break off and form troops. Mainly eating fruit and insects, Squirrel Monkeys are omnivores and have been known to eat seeds, nuts, leaves, flowers and even eggs.

  • Squirrel Monkey
  • Squirrel Monkey


Least Concern

Squirrel monkeys are listed as least concern on the IUCN red list.

Squirrel monkeys are found throughout Central and South America. Their habitat includes:

  • Tropical forrests

Squirrel monkeys are omnivores and feed mainly on fruit, insects, seeds, nuts, leaves, flowers and eggs.

Squirrel monkeys are threatened by:

  • Habitat Loss


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