The Amazon rainforest is home to various species of primates. That’s why many people travel to the Amazon Rainforest to see them in their natural habitat. Keep reading to discover the most iconic monkeys of the Amazon jungle.
The little Squirrel Monkey is the most frequently seen primate in the Amazon jungle, that’s why we add it at the beginning of the list. Despite the fact they are very small, they are hard to miss since they make quite the noise and live in huge groups of 500 monkeys. Squirrel Monkeys feed on fruit and small insects. They are commonly spotted through the jungle in the afternoon.
Although they are primary seen in the Amazon rainforest, they inhabit rainforests throughout Central and South America. Capuchin monkeys are small as well as the Squirrel monkeys. They are very clever, in fact they are considered to be very intelligent primates. These monkeys live in groups of 10-35. Despite the fact that female Capuchin Monkeys bear young every two years, there are dozens of capuchin monkey species .
Spider monkeys get their name from their long arms and legs. Spider monkeys are fairly large in size. At least 3 species are critically endangered, mainly because of habitat loss. They spend most of their time up high in the jungle canopy.
Tamarin monkeys have a comical appearance, because of their moustache. They are very united and when young are born, the entire group assists. They also bring food for a nursing mother. Tamarin births are in many cases twins. They are very small in size, and are very quick movers.
Howler Monkeys are the largest primates in the Amazon Rainforest. They have a very distinctive territorial call that can be heard up to three miles away, that’s why they own their name. They live in groups of six to 15 animals, with an approximate 1 male to 4 female. These monkeys eat mainly top canopy leaves, together with fruit, buds, flowers, nuts, and occasionally eggs from birds’ nests. Also, they can smell out their food up to 2 kilometers away.
The Marmoset monkeys are very small in size, growing up to 20 cm. Due to their size, they can go to the very top of the rainforest canopy and hunt many insects that are abundant in the jungle treetop. They live in groups of 15. Marmosets are characterized by a cooperative care young ones, they even share some food and participate in carrying other’s babies.
Would you like to meet these monkeys? Come to the Amazon Rainforest! Here we offer guided private and group tours to meet the fauna of the Ecuadorian Amazon jungle while enjoying breathtaking views. At Yacuma EcoLodge you’ll have the best accommodation of the Ecuadorian Amazon Rainforest.