Squirrel Monkeys are an endangered species. Earlier they were a common sight in many parts of South America, the species has now experienced a decline in population due to a number of reasons. One of the most devastating factors that bring about Squirrel Monkey destruction is deforestation and habitat loss.
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Extensive deforestation that occurs due to agribusiness and tourist activities has led to a dramatic decrease in Squirrel Monkey numbers. It has been established that the species population was reduced heavily by the 1980s. However, the tendency did not stop for a long time to come. Nowadays, the Squirrel Monkey is a species at risk. It may face extinction in a few decades on the condition humans do not preserve the Squirrel Monkeys' natural habitat.
Deforestation is not the only cause of Squirrel Monkey population decrease. Insecticide spraying, pet trade, and electrocution aggravate the situation greatly. Research has proved that local Squirrel Monkey group's extinction is a reality. Illegal hunting and captivation for medical purposes have destroyed many species. Eagles and snakes are natural predators of the Squirrel Monkey.
Happily, the population of Squirrel Monkeys can be maintained in captivity. They are easily kept in zoos and reproduce successfully. Squirrel Monkeys can also be maintained in research labs.
Squirrel Monkeys - Links of Interest
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Animal Fact Life: Squirrel Monkeys - PDF file contains information on the habitat, reproduction, and life style.
ASCOMOTI - Achieving the sustainable development of Costa Rica's Central Pacific. The mission of the association for the conservation of the Mono Titi is to conserve the biodiversity found in Costa Rica's Central Pacific and to promote the sustainable development of the region.
Animal Planet - Guide to Squirrel Monkeys on the Discovery.com.
Biodiversity: Squirrel Monkeys - Range, habitat, diet, and pictures.
Central American Squirrel Monkey - May primates are at high risk of extinction due to deforestation, but the Central American Squirrel Monkey, known in Costa Rica as Mono Titi or Mono Ardilla are at the highest risk.
Central American Squirrel Monkeys - Species profile includes information on habitat, diet, and behavior.
Costa Rican Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri oerstedi citrinellus) - Information on the species and its population.
Distribution of the Black Squirrel Monkey - ArcView GIS at NYU helps visualize the biology of a species.
Endangered Wildlife: Squirrel Monkey - Physical characteristics, habitat, and behavior.
Nature Wildfacts - Red-backed Squirrel Monkey, black crowned Central American Squirrel Monkey.
Oakland Zoo: Squirrel Monkeys - Description, range, habitat, and other characteristics of the species.
Red-Backed Squirrel Monkey Guide - Guide to the species.
Red-backed Squirrel Monkeys - Information on the status of the species and documents.
Saimiri sciureus (Squirrel Monkey): Narrative - Geographic range, physical characteristics, life history, and other information on the Squirrel Monkey.
Species Facts - Highlights the status, habitat, and other facts about Squirrel Monkeys.
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Squirrel Monkey - Profiles the Squirrel Monkey. Behavior, diet, and other information.
Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri sciureus) - Description, status, life history, special adaptations, and pictures.
Squirrel Monkey Facts - Brief information and adaptations.
Squirrel Monkey Profile - General information on the Squirrel Monkey.
Squirrel Monkey Review - Facts and pictures.
Squirrel Monkey Statistics - This page is about Squirrel Monkeys and their life style.
The Peaceful Primates - Costa Rica's Squirrel Monkeys are adorable, charismatic, sexy and critically endangered. Learn more.
Valley Zoo: Squirrel Monkeys - Morphology, habitat, diet, and relations with man.