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Capuchins use facial expressions to flirt. Mogo Zoo currently house a successful breeding troop
Weight: Males-1.5-4.5kgs, Females 1.5-3.5kgs
Size: body length – 30-57cms, tail 38-49cm
Number of offspring:
Gestation: 5-6 months
Maturity: Males – 7yrs, Females – 4yrs
Lifespan: up to 45 years
Predators: Birds of prey, Snakes, jaguars
Tropical and lowland rainforest, mangroves and swap forest, savanna forest.
Diurnal and arboreal with most travelling done by leaping and climbing. Living in home ranges and aggressive behavior is shown towards other troops. Foraging is noisy and destructive. Social grooming is common throughout the group and plays an important role in group bonding
Light brown/yellow fur on body with two dark tufts of hair above eyes, dark hair surrounding face and dark legs. Also has a prehensile tail
Wide ranging in the lower Amazon, South America
Omnivore; eating nuts, seeds, fruit, insects, frogs, small reptiles and bats
No set-breeding season, having the ability to breed year round, although peak births occur during the dry and early rainy season. Females cycle monthly and usually only mate with the dominant male in the group. Females are responsible for parental duties and all mothering is common.
Social, living in large groups of up to 30, consisting of juveniles, infants and a few favored females. Males will leave the group on sexual maturity and seek a new group in which to mate. Females form the core of the group, often for entire lives. Groups are led by a dominant male who is active in protecting the group from predators. Dominant males have first choice in mating and food sources
Habitat destruction and hunting for food, illegal pet trade. (Most common primate kept as pets)