WHITE-FACED SAKI

Scientific Name: Pithecia pithecia
Order
Primates

Family
Pitheciidae

Habitat & Range
The white-faced saki is a species of saki monkey found in Brazil, French Guinea, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela. They typically inhabit the understory and lower canopy of tropical rainforests.

Identification
All white-faced saki monkeys are born with brown fur. At two months old the hair begins to change color depending on gender. Males have black fur with a white face and throat. Females have shorter hair that is brown-gray and a white stripe. An adult male weighs an average of 3.5 pounds, about a half-pound heavier than a female.

Diet
White-faced sakis are omnivores that feed primarily on berries, leaves, seeds, nuts and insects.

Reproduction & Lifespan
After a gestation period of 20 to 21 weeks, 1 infant is born. The infant clings to the mother for the following 2 weeks, after which the male or siblings may carry it. By 6 months, they become independent, but remain with their family to care for the next infant born.

The average lifespan of a white-faced saki is 14 years.

 
 
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