Looks can be deceiving, especially when looking at this picture. This is the White-faced Saki, one of the prettiest monkeys in Kabalebo (in my opinion)
The White-faced Saki (Pithecia pithecia) is also known as the Golden-faced Saki or Guianan Saki Monkey. In Suriname it is also known as Wanakoe.
White-faced Saki's are found/seen in the rain forests of Venezuela, Brazil, British-Guyana, French-Guyana and Suriname. They have a limited area range, which makes this Saki monkey even more special to meet in person.
White-faced Saki's are arboreal living creatures, living in small groups. They have a wide variety in choices when it comes to food: fruit, seeds, leaves, insects and flowers. I read somewhere that they also eat bats, birds and small mammals, but I haven't seen that yet in Kabalebo. Maybe because there is food in abundance? Or they don't want to show off?
When you look at these monkeys they have a huge appearance. That is because of their thick long fur. They are usually pretty quiet, but sometimes they like to make their presence clear. That is when they make high-pitched whistles.
Most of the time I have seen them on the trail to the river cabin on a very low level….. 3 meters from ground level. When alarmed they usually hop and leap from branch to branch until they are on a safer level. But sometimes they are also curious and stay for quite some time, looking at the stranger with her camera on ground level.
Here is a picture I was able to take of a male and female White-faced Saki. They are such a cute couple.
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