White-faced Saki Monkey - Five Sisters Zoo

Males have white fur covering their faces and long black fur covering the rest of the body; females are grey, brown and red. They have flat noses and bushy tails.


  • Diet: Omnivores
  • Weight: 1.3 to 2.4 kilograms
  • Body length: 32 to 40 centimetres
  • Habitat: forest and wetlands of South America
  • Life span: 15 years in the wild, under human care up to the mid-thirties
  • Sexual Dimorphism: only the males have a distinctive white coloured face. Females look very different

Adapted to Survive

  • Individuals are primarily arboreal (live up in trees), skinny fingers and toes with thick pads on the tips that help them grip the trees better
  • They can leap up to 10 metres! When travelling from tree to tree


  • Poaching
  • Habitat Loss by deforestation
  • Pet trade

IUCN Conservation Status

Least Concern