Squirrel monkeys are extremely agile and fast. Unlike a spider monkey, their tail is not used for climbing, but as a kind of "balancing pole". They eat mainly fruit and insects but also invertebrates, flowers, leaves and seeds.

During mating season, males gain considerable amounts of weight. This is known as "fattening”. The fatter the animal the more attractive it is to a female.

Our group of Bolivian squirrel monkeys live in The Rainforest with our capybara.

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Meet our squirrel monkeys

Watch our squirrel monkeys enjoy a summer-time treat

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Squirrel monkey Picaro recovers at our Vet Hospital

Thanks to the amazing care of our vets and vet nurses at the Auckland Zoo Vet Hospital, Picaro has been able to re-integrate with her family and friends.

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EXPERIENCE

Behind the Scenes

Sharing their home in the Zoo’s Rainforest, our unique Squirrel Monkey and Capybara experience will be one you treasure for years to come.

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