White-faced saki monkey

White-faced sakis are a tree-dwelling small primate from South America. Males have black hair and white faces, while females and young have brownish-gray hair. They might venture on the ground to forage for fruit, but spend most of their time in the trees, where they sleep as well.

  • Scientific Name: Pithecia pithecia
  • Range: Rainforests of South America, including Brazil, French Guiana, Guyana, Suriname, and Venezuela
  • Status in the Wild: Stable
  • Location in the Zoo: Natural Encounters Rainforest
  • Cool Animal Fact: White-faced sakis will scent-mark an area. Males rub their chests on trees. They usually choose trees with edible fruit to excite females and to try to stimulate courtship behavior during breeding season.