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Capuchin(Marley for Giving Tuesday)-MattCarey.heic

Capuchin Monkey

Marley came to us in June 2014 at 5 years old, having been owned illegally his owner surrendered him to us along with Maci, a 3 year old capuchin monkey. Marley was neutered because his owners were told that he would become aggressive when he reached sexual maturity had they left him intact. Marley is a very mild-mannered, curious monkey that is fascinated with shoes, cameras, and occasionally fancies himself to be a dentist, as he likes to intently look at our teeth sometimes! He lives with his girlfriend, a very cute, petite girl named Haley. Your sponsorship helps us to continue to give Marley the best possible life in captivity.

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ORDER: PRIMATES
FAMILY: CEBIDAE
GENUS: SAPAJUS
SPECIES: APELLA

Capuchins are diurnal or day dwelling. They are arboreal, live in the trees. They move quadrupedally, by leaping and climbing. They are highly sociable and live in groups of around 8 to 15 individuals. Grooming is a way of taking care of the ones you love, but also climbing the social ladder. They live in a patriarchal society where the male is boss. They are omnivores and eat fruit, leaves, insects, rodents, and reptiles. They are polygamists. The female is pregnant for 150-160 days and normally has one baby at a time. The babies stop nursing at 9 months. Males mature at the age of 7 years, females, much younger, they can have their first child at the age of 4. Capuchins have a superpower, they are seed dispersers, which means they eat the seeds as part of the fruit they consume, and once they defecate, those seeds are ready to become plants and trees.

Threats

Habitat destruction. Jaguars, birds of prey and bushmeat, pet trade and entertainment industry.

Conservation Status

CE - Critically Endangered

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