The Primates

Meet Our Monkey Troops! Click on the images to take you to our ID guides, or read more about our primates below.









Capuchin and squirrel monkeys are ‘New World’ monkeys, that live wild in the forests of South America. They are slightly less closely related to us than the ‘Old World’ monkeys of Africa and Asia.

All the monkeys in Living Links are part of international breeding and conservation programmes.

For more information, see Hannah Buchanan-Smith’s Capuchin and Squirrel Monkey Comparison, our publications and the following books:

Baldwin, J.D. and Baldwin J.I. (1981) The squirrel monkeys, genus Saimiri. Ecology and Behavior of Neotropical Primates, Vol. 1. A. F. Coimbra-Filho and R. A. Mittermeier (Eds). Rio de Janeiro: Academia Brasileira de Ciencias. Pgs: 277-330.

Fragaszy, D.M., Visalberghi, E. and Fedigan, L.M. (2004) The Complete Capuchin: The Biology of the Genus Cebus. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

Terborgh, J. (1983) Five New World Primates: A Study in Comparative Ecology. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press.