• IUCN Status
    Least Concern.
  • Population
    Unknown, however, the population is decreasing due to loss of habitat
  • Diet
    Omnivores. They feed on a range of fruits, nuts, seeds, flowers, leaves, and small animals, such as frogs, reptiles, birds, insects and bats
  • Group
  • Size
    Body length 33-55 cms and tail length 38-55 cms.
  • Continent
    South America
  • Lifespan
    25 years in wild, 40 in captivity.
  • Weight
    2 to 5 kgs
  • Habitat
    Amazon basin - Rainforest
  • Scientific Name
    Sapajus apella apella

Meet the Brown Capuchin


Capuchins are very intelligent and inquisitive monkeys. They are also very sociable, and each capuchin has a quite distinct personality. They like to investigate everything in their environment, often by taking it apart. This can make working with capuchins a little challenging.

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



our three cheeky capuchins here at Wolds Wildlife Park

Did you know?

Capuchins are mostly found in the Amazon Basin region of South America, below are some interesting facts about these cheeky primates.

How do brown capuchins use their tail?up arrow

They have a long tail (up to 56cm) which is partly prehensile which helps them hold on to branches when climbing.  When walking the tail is held in a tight coil – brown capuchins are the only capuchins to do this.

Do capuchins use tools?down arrow

Yes!  For example they may use a rock as a hammer and a log as an anvil to crack open nuts.

Can capuchins be trained?down arrow

You will often see capuchins in movies and on television due to their cute features, expressive faces  & their receptiveness to training.

How do capuchins interact with each other?down arrow

To maintain bonds & establish social relationships , capuchins engage in various interactions including acts of friendship, tests against rivals & intimacy between parents & their offspring.

Who is the organ grinders monkey?down arrow

Yes!  That would be the capuchin!