Squirrel monkeys live in groups of up to 300. Female squirrel monkeys form strong social bonds. Each female has one other female with whom she remains in close contact. This girlfriend is also the preferred babysitter for an infant, if needed. Squirrel monkeys ride on mom’s back from the first day they are born. They hold on tightly with hands, feet, and tail as mom moves through the trees.
- Conservation StatusLeast Concern
- Life span20 years
Body size1-2 lbs.
26-36 cm tall
- Native habitat Tropical rainforest of northern Amazon Basin of South America
- DietFruits, spiders