Scientific Name: Cacajao
Colour: Red, Brown, White, Black
Life Span: 16 - 22 years
Location: Amazon River Basin
Predator: Hawks, Snakes, Humans
Prey: Fruits, Leaves, Insects
Size (L): 38cm - 57cm (15in - 22.5in)
Weight: 3kg - 3.5kg (6.5lbs - 7.75lbs)
Habitat: Part-flooded rainforest
Fun Fact: Have a very short tail for their size!
Uakari Classification and Evolution
The Uakari is a small species of monkey, native to the tropical rainforests of South America, where they tend to be found in moist jungle that is close to water. The Uakari is most well-known for its naked face which most commonly ranges from pink to deep red in colour. There are four distinct species of Uakari, which are the Red (Bald) Uakari, the Black-Headed Uakari, the Ayres Black Uakari and the Neblina Uakari, all of which are very similar in appearance but differ somewhat in fur colour and location. The name Uakari is actually pronounced "wakari", with both this monkey's common name and its scientific name thought to have derived from indigenous languages.
Uakari Anatomy and Appearance
The Uakari is a small sized primate growing to an average of 45cm in length, and weighing around 3kg. The tail of the Uakari is very short relative to its body size, and particularly small compared to those of other South American monkey species. The fur that covers the Uakari's body is long and coarse and tends to vary in colour, from red, to brown, to black, to white, depending on the species. The hairless face of the Uakari is their most distinctive feature, and can be deep red in colour in some individuals (although it generally ranges from pink to red, and can be paler or even black in some species). Their hands and feet are strong and agile with their opposable thumbs allowing the Uakari to hold onto fruits and tree branches.