Goeldi’s monkey

Goeldi’s monkey Callimico goeldii (EEP)

ClassMammalia
OrderPrimates
FamilyCallithricidae
Size19–25cm
Weight350–500g
Gestation5 months
Birth1
Life-span15 years
Diet
omnivorous (fruit, gum, mushrooms, insects, small vertebrates)

Habitat
dense forests with bamboos

Range
South America (Colombia, Peru, Brazil and Bolivia)


Female Goeldi’s monkeys give birth to one young and carry them exclusively for the first 10-15 days. After this time, other members of the group can carry the baby, giving it back to its mother to be fed. The young, who grow more quickly than other members of the Callithricidae family, are weaned at around 3 months of age.
 
This species is classified as vulnerable on the IUCN’s Red List because of its low numbers, unequal spread and habitat loss. Foraging and moving close to the ground, in extremely dense undergrowth, Goeldi’s monkeys are hard to spot. The small isolated populations are the most fragile and that is why the species has to be protected.




Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

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