Goeldi’s Monkey

The Goeldi’s Monkey (Callimico goeldii) is a small, rare, primate mammal. It is also known as Goeldi’s Marmoset or the Callimico.

The Goeldi’s Monkey is black or blackish-brown. The hair on its head and tail sometimes has red, white, or silvery-brown highlights.

Goeldi's Monkey

Goeldi’s Monkey


It measures 20-23 centimetres (8-9 inches) in length. Its tail is 25-30 centimetres (10-12 inches) long.

The Goeldi’s Monkey is native to the western part of South America, in the upper Amazon basin of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. It prefers dense tropical forests.

It eats insects and spiders, as well as fruit, lizards, frogs, and snakes. It is arboreal, living in trees, but it forages for food on the ground.

The Goeldi’s Monkey lives in small groups of about six individuals.

The female is pregnant for 140-180 days, before giving birth to one live young. The mother looks after her baby for the first 2-3 weeks, then the father looks after the baby. The baby feeds itself after about 65 days.

The life expectancy in captivity is about 10 years.

Goeldi's Monkey

Goeldi’s Monkey



Photographer: Martina Nicolls


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