Uno (born 4/19/93) & Chiquita (born 12/19/00)
17 yrs (captivity), 10-12 yrs (wild)
Fruit, Leaves, Insects, Eggs, Sap, Small Vertebrates
Man, Snakes, Cats
South America from Columbia to Brazil, Peru & northern Paraguay
Low Rainforest Canopy, near rivers.
The Titi Monkey has long, soft fur that is usually reddish, brownish or black with a lighter underside. Some species have a bright collar or black stripes at the head. The tail of a Titi Monkey is always furry and is not prehensile (cannot grasp).
Titi Monkeys are awake during the day and spend most of their lives in the trees. Males are the primary food gatherers. These monkeys move in the treetops by jumping from branch to branch. Although Titi Monkeys sleep at night, they also take a mid-day nap. They are territorial and live in small family groups of about 3-7 animals. They defend their small territory by shouting and chasing off intruders. Typically, Titi Monkeys can be seen in pairs, sitting or sleeping with their tails entwined.
Monogamous animals that mate for life, Titi Monkeys seem to share a strong bond. Gestation is 4 ½ months, producing one baby (twins occur rarely) that is born between December and April. Males help with childrearing by carrying the infant for the baby’s first 4-5 months, except when the female is nursing. The young are weaned at 5 months and are fully grown in 2 years. Young Titi Monkeys may also assist with the care and protection of their younger siblings. Juveniles leave their parents’ group after 3 years to find mates of their own.
ANIMAL FUN FACT!
These small monkeys are known to be very vocal, whooping at dawn. Titi Monkeys are some of the closest human relatives who are strictly monogamous.
The Charles Paddock Zoo’s female Titi Monkey passed away from cancer several years ago, leaving the male mateless. Recently, a new female, Chiquita, was successfully introduced to Uno.
The White-Eared Titi Monkey found at the Charles Paddock Zoo is a species of least concern.