Squirrel Monkey

Saimiri sciureus

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Squirrel monkeys may be found in groups of up to 300 individuals, depending on the habitat. Subgroups within the main group may form during the non-mating season, but are abandoned once mating begins. Although squirrel monkey groups are dominated by the females, males form their own dominance hierarchy; however, social position does not necessarily guarantee success in mating. A female with no infant may become an “aunt” to another female’s infant; this is usually a temporary relationship. Males, on the other hand, may still play with other juveniles during their “subadult” period of life. Squirrel monkey groups tend to avoid one another, rarely engaging in territorial disputes.


Fruits, seeds, leaves and some insects

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