At the park we have a family group of four White Faced Saki Monkeys. Corey & Maya are parents to daughter Neevah and a newborn, born on 4th February. Corey & Maya have been a regular breeding pair as part of the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP) for many years. Recently, one of their daughters Icapui moved to Drayton Manor in the UK, where he joined a male Saki Monkey and is now taking part in the EEP herself.
This cute family group can be found in our new primate house.
White Faced Saki Monkeys live in wet and dry forests in Brazil, Suriname, Guyana & French Guiana.
In the wild these Saki monkeys eat fruit, seeds, flowers, leaves and animal prey, such as insects.
White Faced Saki Monkeys live in small groups of only 2 – 4 individuals. They are highly social and grooming between individuals in an important activity.
In the wild, these Sakis tend to be either polygynous (where a single male mates with numerous females) or polyandrous (where a single female mates with numerous males). Females will give birth to one offspring at a time and older siblings will help care for it.
White Faced Saki Monkeys are primarily threatened by loss of their natural habitat due to deforestation. Unfortunately, they attract hunters for their meat and their highly-valued tails.
They are also affected by the illegal wildlife trade, often being captured from the wild and sold as pets.
These Saki monkeys are sexually dichromatic (a rare trait in new world monkeys), meaning that males and females have different physical characteristics. Males are black with a white face and a black nose. Females are agouti brown and have white stripes along the sides of their nose.
The rapid bipedal hopping of these Sakis has earned them the nickname ‘flying jacks’ in Guyana.
Due to their diet, they act as important seed dispensers of the plants they consume, thus benefiting the local ecosystem.
They sleep on tree branches, in a curled round position, remembering a house cat.