Blonde Capuchin

South America


Sapajus flavius


Fast population decline of this monkey species is attributed to having fragmented nesting and breeding sites, balding forest areas, and predation for pet trade and human consumption.

The Blond Capuchin from the Sapajus genus can only be found within the north-eastern side of the Atlantic Forest in Brazil. With only less than 200 remaining individuals and an extinction rate of 50 per cent, there were no official sightings until its rediscovery in 2006. Today, it is believed that the small existing population can survive for the next 100 years.

It is characterized as having gold pelage that is consistent throughout the body although it has white-capped head, pink face, and black palms and feet. Adults can weigh up to 3 kg with a length of 40 cm.