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White-faced saki monkey

Also known as: Pithecia pithecia

These New World monkeys are adaptable, and are able to live in wet and dry conditions with a variety of altitudes.


Despite their name, only the males have the signature white face. Saki moneys live in small groups, of between two and five, and prefer to feed on unripe fruits.

They are equipped with large canine teeth enabling them to feed on fruits with a tough outer layer. In the wild, predators of the saki monkey are mostly birds of prey, including vultures and raptors. If a saki monkey is in danger, they will make an alarm call to warn others in their group and together they will attempt to scare the predator away.


Quick facts

Class: Mammal
Size: 33 to 38 inches
Weight: 1.4 to 2kg
Life Span: 15 to 25 years
Diet: Frugivorous
Threats: Hunting and habitat loss
Habitat: Savanna and marsh forests
Distribution: South America, Brazil, Venezuela and Guyana
Conservation Status: Least concern

When resting or sleeping they’ll cling upright to a tree