Callimico/Goeldi’s Monkey

ANIMAL:
Callimico/Goeldi’s Monkey Callimico goeldii

Type of Animal:
New World Monkey

Habitat:
Tropical forest, bamboo forest, forest edge, scrub forest, swamp forest, second-growth woodlands

Location(s):
Upper Amazon Basin of Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, & Colombia

Appearance:
Black color w/ grayish highlights on head & tail, black mane on face.

Food/Diet:
Grasshoppers, locusts, cockroaches, crickets, scorpions, spiders, cicadas, mantids, moths, insect larvae, grubs, lizards, frogs, fruit, fungi, nectar, exudates, sap, resin, eggs, small snakes, butterflies, young birds

Status in Wild:
Threatened

Conservation:
Breeding in zoos, wildlife centers, & aquariums

Lifestyle:
Troops consist of monogamous pair w/ up to 4 offspring

Additional Info:

Called:
Male
Female
Young-Infant
Group-Troop

Weight:
Male-12.8-19.52 oz
Female-12.48-18.56 oz
Young-7.568 oz

Gestation:Life Span:
4.5-6 months

Height:
8.16-12 in

Body Length:
8.4-9.12 in

Life Span: 
Up to 20 years

Tail Length:
10.56-12 in

Main predators are felids, bush dogs, raptors, snakes, tayras, coatis, & crocodilians.

Threatened due to deforestation, habitat loss, pet trade, hunting for meat, & disease.

Troops are territorial but rarely get into actual fights instead relying on calls.

Females sexually mature at 8.5 months old, males at 1 year old.

Father plays strong role in upbringing of young.

Troops use up to 40 different calls to warn of predators/rival troops.

Conservation groups helping educate native peoples on this species.

Named after Swiss naturalist Emil August Goeldi.

Unlike other callitrichids (marmosets & tamarins), they have 3 molars as opposed to 2.

Fun Fact(s):
Wasn’t discovered by Western science until 1904.

Callimico means “beautiful little monkey” in Spanish.

Can leap 13 ft without loss of height.

Though fairly gentle animals, they don’t make good pets & can bite if provoked.

Unlike other callitrichids, which give birth to twins, most offspring are born single.
 

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