Outside Animals

Squirrel Monkey Saimiri sciureus


The squirrel monkey is found in tropical forest regions and lives in the canopy of trees.

Diet in the wild

Fruit, insects, nuts, buds, leaves and eggs

Diet at the Zoo

Fruits, vegetables, nuts, hard-boiled eggs and monkey biscuits

Fascinating Facts

  • Have largest brain-to-body-mass ratio of all primate species
  • Use tails for balance instead of climbing
  • Weigh 1 to 2.5 pounds
  • Live in troops of more than 30 to 60