The Monk Saki (Pithecia Monachus), also known as Geoffroy’s Monk Saki or Miller’s Monk Saki, is a New World Monkey in the Pitheciinae subfamily of the Pitheciidae family of monkeys, and is found in the South American countries of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. The Monk Saki is recognizable compared to other Saki monkeys because of its long and shaggy fur that is very coarse and its bushy tails which is thicker than most other New World primate species. Growing to the approximately the same size as a large rabbit, the Monk Saki can be up to 24 inches long, with a tail as long as its body, and weigh up to 5 pounds when it has reached full maturity.
The Monk Saki can be found throughout certain areas of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru in South America. The Monk Saki is very shy compared to many other New World Monkey species, and is weary of nearly everything it hasn’t come into contact with before. The Monk Saki is a completely arboreal species, living high in the canopy of the trees and only sometimes descending to lower levels. Seeing a Monk Saki at ground level is almost impossible as many individuals will spend their entire life without setting foot on the ground. They have strong hind legs that have adapted to allow them the ability to leap even great distances, lending to the fact that they never need to come to ground level.
The Monk Saki has a somewhat more diverse diet than other types of Saki monkeys. While it is still a frugivore, it will feed upon fruits, berries, honey, leaves, birds, and small mammals such as mice and bats; which they hunt in pairs during the day. Most Saki monkeys eat unripe fruit and seeds almost exclusively, but the Monk Saki has a more demanding palette. However, despite their taste for small mammals and birds, the Monk Saki still makes up nearly 85%-90% of their diet with fruit and other plants making them a true frugivore.
Fun White-Footed Saki Facts
- The life expectancy of the Monk Saki is up to 30 years.
- The Monk Saki is very shy compared to many other New World Monkey species, and is weary of nearly everything it hasn’t come into contact with before.
- A fully grown male Monk Saki is approximately the same size as a large rabbit at around 24 inches long.
- Monk Saki females give birth to one offspring at time usually.
- Monk Sakis have strong hind legs that have adapted to allow them the ability to leap even great distances.