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White-Faced Saki Monkey Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Pithecia pithecia
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    White-faced saki monkeys inhabit Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela.

  • Status

    While not endangered, the white-faced saki monkey is considered vulnerable. They are hunted for food, captured for the pet trade and suffer from habitat destruction. Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the White-Faced Saki Species Survival Plan®, a shared conservation effort by zoos throughout the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

  • Habitat

    This species inhabits tropical rain forests. They rarely come to the ground.

  • Niche

    While they are primarily frugivores (fruit eaters), white-faced saki monkeys will eat flowers, birds, bats and small mammals. These diurnal monkey are shy by nature and extremely quick, leaping between branches in a manner that has earned them the nickname "flying monkeys." Small families of parents and offspring are most common. They stay in touch with chirping sounds.

  • Life History

    Single offspring are most common. Newborns stay with the mother for a few weeks, before the father or siblings begin to pitch in. By six months, saki monkeys are independent.

  • Special Adaptations

    While bird-like chirps are the most common form of communication, aggression is displayed by body-shaking, arched posture and loud growls.


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