Goeldi's Monkey

[Callimico goeldii]

Squirrel-like and marmoset-sized, the rare Goeldi's monkey seems to occupy an anatomically intermediate place between the Callitrichidae and the Cebidae. The Goeldis monkey is about 10 to 13 inches and weighs about 1 pound. Their long silky coat is black or blackish-brown with a bobbed mane around the head.

Location: Primate & Cat



The range of the Goeldi's monkey is the Upper Amazon region of Brazil, Peru, Colombia, and Ecuador.


Goeldi's monkeys inhabit scrubby undergrowth of tropical rain forest and forest patches in savannas.

Conservation Status
Primary Threats
Human-Wildlife Coexistence, Habitat Loss

150-160 days




Goeldi's monkeys spend most of their active time close to the ground, but climb to heights of 30-40 feet for shelter and safety at night. Their main predators are raptors, ocelots and other small cats. The social structure is that of a family with 6-7 members present most of the time. In face of danger, Goeldi's monkeys will hide their young in low vegetation before running from danger themselves.


The young reach sexual maturity as early as 14 months. Goeldi's Monkeys have been observed to live as long as 18 years in human care.The father generally takes quite an interest in raising and feeding the young and carries the baby on his back.

Wild Diet

Fruit, insects, spiders, occasionally lizards and frogs.

Zoo Diet

Oranges, apples, bananas, carrots, yams, Monkey Chow




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