White-Faced Capuchin

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Sebastian Acosta
Sebastian grew up on a goat farm in rural Wisconsin. He learned a lot about different animals as a youngster. While he is no longer in charge of feeding the kids, he still helps maintain the family farm on the weekends. In his free time, he travels the world and finds every opportunity to escape in nature.

Today’s animal of the day is the White-Faced Capuchin—a medium-sized monkey native to Central America. Also found in Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, and even Argentina. The White-Faced Capuchin has one of the widest home regions of any new world monkey.

Fun Facts:

  • A baby White-Faced Capuchin becomes independent when they are between 4 and 7 years old.
  • In captivity, the White-Faced Capuchin can live as long as 54 years.
  • That lifespan may be cut in half in the wild, where conditions are more dangerous.
  • The White-Faced Capuchin is a sociable animal and often lives in a mixed-sex group of 18-20 monkeys.
  • To earn each other’s trust, you might see two White-Faced Capuchins smelling each other’s hands.
  • Female monkeys typically stay with the group they were born into.
  • Male monkeys often leave to find their own group around age 4-7.
  • The White-Faced Capuchin polygamous animals, taking on multiple partners at once.
  • White-Faced Capuchins survive on a diet of primarily nuts, fruits, and insects.
  • When possible, the monkeys will eat other invertebrates, including squirrels and birds.
  • Large snakes, jaguars, and harpy eagles are examples of White-Faced Capuchin predators.
  • White-Faced Capuchins are carriers of malaria and microfilaria, making them a danger to humans.
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