White Faced Capuchin

Cebus Capucinus

Class: Mammalia Order: Primates Family: Cebidae

Size

Weight (Males): 6-9 lbs
Weight (Females): 4.5-6 lbs

Lifespan

Lifespan (Wild): 15-20 years
Lifespan (Captivity): Up to 45 years

Diet

plants, nuts, fruit, insects

Habitat & Range

Forest and rainforests of Central America and Northern South America

Interesting Facts

  • White faced capuchins are considered the most intelligent of the new world monkeys. New world monkeys are those native to Central and South America.
  • Capuchins have been observed using tools. For example they may use a rock as a “hammer” and a log as an “anvil” to crack open nuts.
  • They have a prehensile tail that is longer than their body. They often carry it coiled over their body. The tail can be used to help support the monkey while searching for food.
  • Capuchins use a natural insect repellent to keep mosquitoes from biting them. During the mosquito season they will crush millipedes and spread their secretions on their back to ward off biting insects and parasites.
  • These social monkeys live in troops of up to 20 individuals. They are led by a dominant male.

Conservation Status

Least Concern

Threats

This species is threatened by habitat loss and the illegal pet trade.