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Goeldi’s monkey

Callimico goeldii

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IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Mammals
Order: Primates
Family: Callithrichidae

You can find our family of Goeldi’s monkeys in their exhibit in Monkey Heights, which they share with our pygmy marmosets and three-banded armadillo!

The preferred habitat of this monkey are forests that have a shrubby, dense undergrowth. They are found in the upper Amazon basin of Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru and Ecuador.

Depending on the season, their diet consists of fruit, nectar, insects, flowers and small lizards.

Interesting facts!

  • Unlike many other Callitrichidae species that give birth to twins, Goeldi’s monkeys only give birth to one infant per pregnancy.
  • This species takes its unusual name from its discoverer, the Swiss naturalist Emil August Goeldi.
  • Social groups communicate through a range of means including scent-marking and body language.


The number of Goeldi’s monkeys in the wild is thought to be decreasing as a result of habitat loss.

Our Goeldi’s monkeys are part of the EAZA ex-situ breeding programme (EEP) for the species, which is managed by Dublin Zoo.