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Primates We have many species of primates for you to visit here at Wolds Wildlife Park

We have many primates here all monkeying around for you to come & enjoy! You will see the amusing lemurs, humorous capuchins, entertaining macaques & funny sakis when you pay us a visit

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Bearded Saki


  • DietFrugivore. Seeds, nuts and fruits but will also include arthropods.

  • GroupTroop.

  • Did you know?The bearded sakis, or cuxiús are five or six species of New World monkeys, classified in the genus Chiropotes. They live in the eastern and central Amazon in South America, ranging through southern Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and northern and central Brazil.

Brown Capuchin

Sapajus Apella Apella

  • DietOmnivore. They feed on a range of fruits, nuts, seeds, flowers, leaves and small animals such as frogs, reptiles, birds, insects and bats.

  • GroupTroop

  • Did you know?They have a long tail which is partly prehensile and can help them to hold on to branches when climbing. When walking the tail is held in a tight coil. Brown capuchins are the only capuchin to do this. This tail may measure between 41 and 49cm (16-19.5in)


Callithrix jacchus

  • DietOmnivore. The incisors, which are narrow and elongated, help these tiny animals gnaw holes in tree trunks to release sap. Insects and fruit supplement their diet.

  • GroupTroop

  • Population2,500

  • Did you know?The pygmy marmoset is the smallest monkey around the globe. An adult individual of this species can fit in the hand of an adult human & weighs 100 - 125 grams. This species is endemic to South America, where it occupies high levels of rainforest canopy. This little primate exhibits brown fur and a long, squirrel-like tail, which is longer than its body. Although the tail isn't prehensile, it's still very helpful, acting as a prop and allowing the animal to balance when travelling among treetops. In general, this animal closely resembles a squirrel by its habit of hiding behind tree trunks and branches as well as freezing and fleeing on occasion. Along with tamarins, marmosets are the smallest primates in the world. However, the Pygmy marmoset displays a number of unique features, distinguishing this animal from all other species of its genus.

Pig-Tailed Macaque

Macaca nemestrina

  • DietOmnivores. They feed mainly on fruits, seeds, berries, cereals, fungi, and invertebrates.

  • GroupTroop

  • Population900,000

  • Did you know?Unlike almost all primates, these macaques love water. They live in large groups that split into smaller groups during daytime when they are foraging. There is a hierarchy among males, based on strength, and among females, based on heredity. Thus, the daughter of the alpha female will immediately be placed above all other females in the group. The alpha female leads the group, while the male role is more to manage conflict within the group and to defend it.

Ring-Tailed Lemur

Lemur catta

  • DietOmnivores. Ring-tailed lemurs eat leaves, flowers and insects. They can also eat fruit, herbs and small vertebrates.

  • GroupConspiracy

  • Population2,000 - 2,400

  • Did you know?The ring tailed lemur is used as a symbol for Madagascar and for endangered animals on the island, because it's so well-known. The ring tailed lemur's tail is longer than its body! Male ring tailed lemurs put smells, from glands in their bottoms, on their tail and wave it at rivals.


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