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Ma’s Night Monkey: here’s the scoop

threats

Night monkey populations are decreasing in the wild. In Peru, the species’ habitat has been largely reduced through conversion of forests for rice cultivation, pasture and more recently palm oil. In Brazil, deforestation is driven by the expansion of the agricultural frontier, mainly for cattle pasture and soy-bean production.

Insider Info

Alexander and Supressa are two out of only five Ma’s night monkeys at just five AZA accredited facilities. 

Species

Ma’s Night Monkey

Scientific name

Aotus nancymaae

Habitat

Lowland tropical rainforests

Diet

Omnivores that consume fruits, leaves, flowers, insects and small vertebrates

lifespan

20 years

Did you know?

Ma’s night monkeys are small monkeys with non-prehensile tails. Their fur is short, dense and soft. They have characteristically large eyes to aid in their nocturnal lifestyle and their hands are well developed for grasping (capable of more independent movement than other New World primates).

Range

North central Amazonian neotropics of northern Peru and western Brazil in South America

Conservation status

Vulnerable

High risk of extinction in the wild