By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos by Buzzle, and anonymous)
On our travels, I saw monkeys on the highways, beaches and all around Costa Rica but was not aware of the pygmy Marmosets or finger monkeys.
You can hold them in one hand, their bodies are about the size of a person’s finger.
The monkey hugs the finger as it holds on.
Pygmy monkeys live on river basins located close to forests, cultivated lands, on the sides of streams, in bamboo thickets and in flooded areas.
They are native to South Africa, Brazil, Peru, Northern Bolivia, Ecuador, the Upper Amazon Basin and Southeastern Colombia. These pygmy monkeys are said to be the tiniest living primate in the world.
The Pygmy marmoset‘s body length ranges from 5.5-6.3 inches and grows to a maximum length of 11-15 cm, weighing nearly 129-190 grams. Its prehensile tail measures 15-22 cm.
These monkeys climb trees by using its claws. You may miss their small bodies when they hide in the forests. Even though the monkeys are small, they can jump up to 16’.
When confronted, the pygmy monkeys raise and flatten their ear tufts, arch their backs and grimace to show they are ready to fight.
It is enjoyable to see monkeys on stage in animal acts as each of the species of monkeys look cute. It is advised not to take them home as pets. There are laws which prohibit monkeys and other wild animals from within the city.
The documentary film “Elephant in the Living Room” showed how baby pets become hostile when they grow up. Many people just let their wild pets go into a forest or other places to get rid of them. The public don’t realize how many wild animals wander around.
The scientific name of the pygmy marmoset is Callithrix pygmaea and it belongs to the genus Cebuella.
It has a furry body and the fur is a typical agouti, having a base color of gray and buff. The fur has stripes of green and yellow in it. The tail appears banded while the head is more or less grizzled. It is also known as leoncito (the lion) owing to the presence of a mane on the head and chest.
o seen in the us in nature preserves;
These primates belong to the family Callitrichidae, species Cebuella and genus C. Pygmaea.