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#5003 Common Squirrel Monkey - Zoo Leipzig (Germany)

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Common Squirrel Monkey at Zoo Leipzig, also known as "Leipzig Zoological Garden" (Germany)

The Common Squirrel Monkey is a small New World monkey of the family Cebidae, native to the tropical areas of South America. The Common Squirrel Monkey has a short coat, generally olive on the back; the underside a paler yellow; limbs, hands, and feet are orange/yellow colour. The face, throat and ears are white, with contrasting black muzzle. This black-and-white face gives them the name "death's head monkey" in several Germanic languages (e.g. German Totenkopfaffen, Swedish dödskalleapor, Dutch doodshoofdaapjes). White fur over the eyes forms a pointed arch and the crown dark green to grey/black. Their tails are long and not prehensile (e.g. not used to grip objects), but used for balance when climbing through the trees. The Squirrel Monkeys have become famous when one of them featured in the "Pippi Longstocking" films.

Matthijs van Wageningen
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Sunday 28 May 2017
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