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Red-backed bearded saki

Chiropotes chiropotes

Red-backed bearded saki

The red-backed bearded saki is a New World monkey, from South America.
Bearded sakis are diurnal. They are active from sunrise to just before sunset and spend most of the day leaping through the highest parts of the forest canopy looking for food.

Belfast Zoo is one of only two zoos in the UK to care for red-backed bearded sakis. We were the first zoo to breed this species in Europe.

Animal class


Diet - Omnivore
The red-backed bearded saki eats fruits, seeds, nuts and also spiders and insects.

Body length can be up to 43centimetres (cm), with a tail up to 38cm. It can weigh up to three kilograms.

It lives in moist, tropical rainforest in South America north of the Amazon River.

Conservation status
The IUCN does not believe that red-backed bearded sakis are currently in any danger of extinction.

Red-backed bearded sakis are sometimes hunted for their meat.

Current population
There has been insufficient research carried out to determine exact numbers of red-backed bearded sakis in the wild.

Zoo population
There are 27 red-backed bearded sakis in zoos around the world.