Varied White-fronted Capuchin Cebus versicolor

Varied White-fronted Capuchin Cebus versicolor

Varied White-fronted Capuchin Cebus versicolor



Varied White-fronted Capuchin monkeys are gregarious and social animals that live in multi-male multi-female groups of approximately 20 individuals (including young), they are territorial and actively defends territories.

Varied White-fronted Capuchins live in the tropical forests of #Colombia #South America, these #foraging #monkeys are #endangered @IUCNredlist from #palmoil #timber #meat #deforestation and #hunting. Join the #Boycott4Wildlife and help save them

Their main threats are agriculture, urban sprawl, deforestation, increasing energy matrix, increasing road matrix habitat fragmentation, habitat reduction, hunting, harvesting and extensive areas of monoculture eucalyptus and pine.The Varied White-fronted Capuchin is highly threatened in the middle Magdalena region in Colombia partly due to the pervasive habitat loss to large scale cattle ranching, palm oil agro-industries and mining.

IUCN red list

The Varied White-fronted Capuchin lives in tropical lowland forests and seasonally flooded forests throughout the Middle Magdalena River basin. They are arboreal quadrupeds, typically found in the lower to mid-canopy and understory (Freese and Oppenheimer 1981; Fragaszy et al. 2004; Defler 2003, 2004). They have a wide diet breadth, eating predominantly ripe fruits and invertebrates, but also other vegetative parts of plants, vertebrate prey and eggs. They are extractive, manipulative foragers. Both sexes form linear hierarchies, with males dominant to females (Negrete 2015).

Most of the natural ecosystems within its historical distribution area have been transformed and less than 20% of its habitat remains in the lowland forests and wetlands of the Magdalena River basin (Link et al. 2013). Pet trade, human-animal conflict due to crop foraging and subsistence hunting also pose imminent threats to wild populations of varied white-fronted capuchin monkeys.

You can support this beautiful animal

There are no known conservation activities for this animal. Make art to raise awareness and join the #Boycott4Wildlife.

Further Information

Donate to help orphaned capuchins that are rescued from traffickers. At Merazonia Wildlife Sanctuary

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Link, A., Boubli, J.P. & Lynch Alfaro, J.W. 2021. Cebus versicolor. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2021: e.T39952A81282279. Downloaded on 06 June 2021.

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Hi, I’m Palm Oil Detective’s Editor in Chief. Palm Oil Detectives is partly a consumer website about palm oil in products and partly an online community for writers, scientists, conservationists, artists and musicians to showcase their work and express their love for endangered species. I have a strong voice for creatures great and small threatened by deforestation. With our collective power we can shift the greed of the retail and industrial agriculture sectors and through strong campaigning we can stop them cutting down forests. Be bold! Be courageous! Join the #Boycott4Wildlife and stand up for the animals with your supermarket choices

2 thoughts on “Varied White-fronted Capuchin Cebus versicolor

    1. Thank you so much for sharing my posts about palm oil and these beautiful South American animals Barbara! Here are some ways to help all of the animals. The #Boycott4Wildlife is a boycott on supermarket brands that are RSPO members and yet still continue with illegal land-grabbing from indigenous peoples and also deforestation. Here are the brands to boycott – they are the biggest food brands in the world. It’s great to meet you and thank you for helping the movement!


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