Goeldi’s monkeys make low understory trees and shrubs their home. These small black monkeys are endangered due to the destruction of their Amazonian rain forest habitat.
Squirrel-like and marmoset-sized, the rare Goeldis 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.
Threats: habitat loss
The Zoo is protecting wildlife and habitats in Latin America through the Scott Neotropical Fund.
Goeldi's monkeys are a type of marmoset. Most marmosets give birth to two offspring, but the Goeldi's monkey typically only has one baby per pregnancy.
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.
Young reach sexual maturity as early as 14 months of age and have been observed in captivity to live at long as 18 years.The father generally takes quite an interest in raising and feeding the young and carries the baby on its back.