Yellow-tailed woolly monkey

Earned a distinguished spot in the unfortunate ‘endangered elite’: world’s top 25 most endangered primates


Endemic to Peru – this mega-rare primate species found exclusively only in the Peruvian Andes in South America. Sporting a vibrant golden tail, these monkeys possess distinct characteristics that make them a unique and intriguing species. Their dense fur, ranging from shades of grey to brown, helps them blend seamlessly into their misty forest surroundings while providing insulation from the cool temperatures at high altitudes.

One of the most notable abilities of the yellow-tailed woolly monkey is its exceptional climbing prowess. Equipped with strong limbs and a long prehensile tail, they effortlessly traverse the complex canopy of the cloud forest. Their agile movements allow them to leap between branches and swing with ease, covering long distances in search of food and suitable resting spots. In addition, these monkeys have a herbivorous diet, primarily consisting of leaves, fruits, and flowers, which they forage for within their arboreal territory.


Population est.
< 250
Official estimate

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Group

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No