White-Faced Saki

(Pithecia pithecia)

CHARACTERISTICS

Origin
Northern South America: Venezuela, French
Guiana, Guyana, Surinam, parts of Brazil

Habitat
rainforests and mountain forests

Diet
Nuts, seeds, leaves, fruits, berries, small
animals, insects, larvae

Weight
1.5 to 2 kg

Brooding/gestation time:
approx. 170 days

Achievable age
over 20 years

Different faces

Only the males actually have the striking White face that gives this primate its name. The females sport a very different salt-and-pepper complexion.

Let’s get cracking !

Sakis love nuts and other hard-shelled treats. Fortunately, they are equipped with the right teeth for opening
them. Their long, thin incisors, powerful canines and flat molars make the perfect nutcrackers.

Did you know that?

  • Sakis can jump as far as ten metres, giving them their nickname “flying monkeys”.
  • Up to 100 individuals live together in a tribe.