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Guianan Squirrel Monkey (Saimiri sciureus) Fact Sheet: Managed Care

Husbandry at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance

(Kym Janke, personal communication, 2023)


  • Habitat
    • Trees, ropes, and other structures for climbing
  • Temperature
    • Prefer a range of approximately 60 to 90°F
    • Seek heated spaces under about 60°F
  • Nesting boxes
    • Move between “rooms” frequently
    • Multiple animals may share a nest box

Social interactions

  • Highly social
  • Form large groups
  • Groom and spend extensive periods with one another


  • Primate biscuits
    • Plus select vitamin supplements
  • Roots and veggies
  • Leafy greens
  • Seeds and nuts
  • Insects and worms
  • Other novel items, such as fruits and hard-boiled eggs, may be offered on occasion


  • Movement and spatial
    • Ropes for climbing and jumping
    • Substrates for digging
  • Dietary
    • Food hung in trees
      • Encourages problem solving and physical activity
  • Cognitive
    • Puzzles, such as objects to open or manipulate
  • Sensory
    • Novel scents

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