Black-capped Capuchin (Sapajus apella)

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Our troop of Capuchin monkeys are all rescued from around Europe. Some are from zoos which were abandoned and were rescued from the pet trade. 

Origin- Black-capped capuchins are also known as tufted capuchins, brown capuchins or pin monkeys. They are a New World Primate from South America. They are found in the Amazon basin and nearby regions. They are found in many different kinds of environment including moist tropical and subtropical forest, dry forest and secondary forest.

Family– Cebidae

Lifespan– Can live up to 45 years in captivity

Diet– Black-capped capuchins are omnivorous. They feed mostly on fruits and invertebrates, however they sometimes will eat small vertebrates such as lizards and bird chicks.

Description- These capuchins are robustly built, males tend to be bigger and heavier than females. They have brown thick rough fur and a long thick tail that is prehensile, meaning it can be used to grasp things and is used like as extra limb. They get the name Black-capped pr Tufted from the long hardened hair on the forehead. Capuchins are social animals, they live in groups of 8 to 15 individuals that are led by an alpha male. They are arboreal meaning they live up in the trees, however they often forage on the ground for food. Tufted capuchins are relatively intelligent and have been observed making tools in the wild and in captivity.

Gestation– 180 days. Capuchins give birth to one offspring, or sometimes twins. The offspring is carried on the back of its mother and feed for 9 months. Young black-capped capuchins reach sexual maturity at 7 years old.

Conservation- Capuchins are hunted for food and for the exotic pet trade. As of 2015, Black-capped capuchins are listed as Least Concern on the IUCN redlist. The species occurs in numerous protected areas in South America, mostly in Brazil but also in French Guiana, Guyana and Suriname.


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