Head and body length: 33 - 50 cm, tail: approx. 45 cm
2.0 - 3.8 kg
Unknown, population thought to be declining
Evergreen broadleaf rainforests and seasonal semi-deciduous forests of southeastern Brazil
Smart. Tough. Resourceful. And disappearing. On the surface, the crested capuchin seems well suited for survival. Robust and exceptionally intelligent, it excels at adapting to new situations. One of the most omnivorous of the New World monkeys, it has learned to take what the forest offers: everything from seeds to small mammals. And the bands of 10 to 20 lives in show considerable cooperation, with group members carrying and even suckling young other than their own. But its life is tied up in the trees, which are fast falling to farms, pastures, and plantations. Vulnerable to hunting and the pet trade in its remaining redoubts, the crested capuchin proves that in today's world even the fittest may not survive.