Rainforest Biodiversity Guide

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South American Squirrel Monkey
South American Squirrel Monkey

Scientific Name: Saimiri sciureus

Category: Animal

Primary Layer: Emergent Layer

Fun Facts:

  • They have the largest brain mass to body mass ratio of all primates.
  • Live together in groups of up to 500.
  • The mothers exclusivly care for their young.
  • Can live to age 15 in the wild.
  • The most abundant primate in the amazon river basin.
  • When traveling in the treetops, they walk in a single file line.