Wednesday, August 22, 2012

A squirrel monkey from Ecuador

Common Squirrel Monkey's live in the tropical forests of Brazil, Columbia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Venezuela and Puerto Rico.
They spend most of their time in the trees and they live in groups consisting of both males and females. These groups generally have 25 - 35 members, but occasionally they can have as many as 200 members. It is common to see these squirrel monkeys in mixed groups, moving along with other primate species and birds.

Bixa orellana is a shrub or small tree originating from the tropical region of the Americas. The inedible fruit is harvested for its seeds, which contain annatto, also called bixin. It is used to color food products, such as cheeses, fish, and salad oil.


Steffi said...

The monkey is so cute! :)
I like your blog very well!
I hope you get many more great postcards.

Greetings from Germany,

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