White Face Capuchin Monkey

When 15th century explorers first saw this monkey, the head pattern reminded them of the “cappucino” (small hat) used by friars of the Franciscan monks.

They inhabit a large range from Brazil north into Central America.

Capuchin monkeys live in the forest in large groups of from 10 – 35 individuals.

They spend the day, except for a noontime nap, searching for food and sleep in the trees at night.

Capuchin monkeys are omnivores and consume a variety of plants, flowers, seeds and fruits.

An adult body can reach 12 – 22 inches in size with a same length tail.

In captivity some reach the age of 45 years but the natural life expectancy is from 15 – 25 years.

Natural predators include Jaguars, Coyotes, Cougars, Snakes, Crocodiles and Birds of Prey.

At Gumbalimba Park in Roatan, Honduras they are very friendly with visitors.

Miles Hearn

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