Goeldi’s Monkey: here’s the scoop


Their current population is decreasing due to habitat loss. This species is at risk of becoming threatened very quickly depending on proposed development projects and logging in their habitat. Bamboo often reforests areas that have been cleared for agriculture or pasture. Studies are needed to determine if Goeldi’s monkeys can tolerate habitat disturbance in its range, but unfortunately they are rare and difficult to observe in the wild.

Committed to Conservation

The Buttonwood Park Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan (SSP) for Goeldi’s Monkeys. The goal of the SSP is to cooperatively manage animal populations within AZA accredited zoos to ensure the sustainability of a healthy and genetically diverse population while enhancing the conservation of this species in the wild.


Goeldi’s Monkey

Scientific name

Callimico goeldii


Forest mixed with bamboo and in large stands of thin, straight trees. Goeldi’s are a habitat specialist with a tendency to spend much of their time in the lowest parts of the forest understory in dense vegetation.


Omnivorous. Feeding primarily on fruits, arthropods, vertebrates, fungi, and exudates


15 – 20 years

Did you know?

Goeldi’s monkeys, also known as callimicos, are included in their own genus due to their unique morphology and biology. This species possesses a third molar and they have a single offspring which is more similar to larger primate species.


Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru

Conservation status


Likely to become endangered unless circumstances improve