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Squirrel Monkey

Princess Leia came to us at approximately 4 years old, 2 years after her boyfriend Luke Skywalker, from a local animal facility that had a large amount of squirrel monkeys. Before she came to us, she had been stung in the eye by a bee and subsequently lost that eye, she also has alopecia, which everyone recognizes as hair loss. It is an endocrine disease where hair loss is just a symptom. She is missing fur on different parts of her body, mostly from her waist down. She is shy with people and prefers the company of her boyfriend, Luke, although she will take treats from us and will occasionally sit on our shoulders. The animals here at Animal Tracks are given the opportunity to bond with any person they like. Leia has never found any human that interesting. She prefers conversing only with Luke. It would be stressful to push someone on her no matter their gentleness or dedication and it would put additional stress on her already compromised body. We take her treats and toys but never pressure her. If you ever visit Animal Tracks, she is not one of our social primates who will come out to play on the toys. Her life, her choice. So, her life is enriched where she is most comfortable.

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ORDER: PRIMATES

FAMILY: CEBIDAE
GENUS: SAIMIRI
SPECIES: SCOURED

Squirrel monkeys are diurnal or day dwelling, arboreal or tree dwelling and can live in groups up to 300. Highly social with very large brains compared to body size, they also have an impressive monkey vocabulary. They have even been known to cooperate with brown capuchin monkeys in finding food or escaping predators. They do not socially groom like many other species of monkey and are polygamists, meaning many different mates. They are omnivores which means they eat both plants and animals. They prefer fruits, berries, flowers, nectar, insects, and invertebrates. They can detect food by colors with their well-developed eyesight. They breed September – November and after a 150 to 170 day pregnancy, babies are born starting in February. A single infant is born, and mama is the only caretaker. The baby is independent at 10 months and can reproduce at the age of 2 for females and 4 for males.

Threats

Destruction of natural habitat, pet trade, medical testing, and poaching.

Conservation Status

LC - Least Concern

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