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Red titi monkey

Callicebus cupreus

Red titi monkey

Red titi monkeys are active during the day. They are tree dwelling animals. They like to look for food in the lower parts of the canopy and can be seen socialising with other species of monkey. A group consists of a breeding pair and their offspring. A breeding pair will stay together for life and can be seen with their tails intertwined or grooming each other. Their long tail is not prehensile (adapted for grasping or holding) but will be used for balancing in trees.

Red titi monkeys have an elaborate system of communication that includes vocal, smelling and gestures. These gestures are used both for communication between family members and to indicate aggression towards other family groups, that are potential competitors.

We are home to six red titi monkeys. Our latest arrival was in January 2018 to mum, Inca and dad, Aztec.

Habitat
Rainforest

Diet - Herbivore
Red titi monkeys eat mainly fruit but will also consume leaves, insects and flowers.

Size
The average red titi monkey can be up to 45 centimetres (cm) long with a 50 cm tail and weigh up to 1.4 kilograms.

Location
Red titi monkeys live in rainforests in South America including Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela and Peru.

Conservation status
The IUCN considers the Red titi monkey not to be facing a high risk of extinction in the wild. They are listed under Appendix II of CITES.

Threats
The main threats to the red titi monkey are natural predators, such as birds of prey. They are hunted by local people for their meat as a source of food.

Current population
It is unknown how many red titi monkeys are left in the wild.

Zoo population
There are around 90 red titi monkeys living in zoos around the world. They are part of an EEP.