Area: Central and South America
Habitat: Tropical rain forests
Food: Nuts, fruit, insects, eggs, young birds, frogs, and lizards
Size: On average, they can reach 9.8 to 14 inches in height and 1.7 to 2.4 pounds in weight.
Babies: Newborn babies ride on their mother’s
At Ease in the Trees
Squirrel monkey is one of the smallest members of the primate group. There are five species of squirrel monkey that can be found in Central and South America. Squirrel monkeys live in dense tropical rainforests, wetlands, marshes and mangrove forests. Habitat loss is the main threat to the survival of squirrel monkeys. As a result of increased agriculture and shrinking of the territory of squirrel monkeys, they frequently invade plantations. Farmers kill squirrel monkeys to prevent damaging of the crops. Out of five species, two are listed as vulnerable (they can become endangered in the near future).