The Squirrel Monkey is the most endangered primate in Central America.
They are smaller than most house cats and move quickly through the understory of partially cleared forests and secondary growth.
Leaping through the trees in search of leaf bugs and lizards.
Their primary food is insects but they also eat fruits and, apparently, flowers.
Sometimes the mom would try to yank the baby off her back. Too big!
Young squirrel monkey, about 5 months old.
As you can see, the squirrel monkey or "mono titi" is also irresistibly cute.
Last year's babies at play.
Some recent studies estimate that there are only 3,000 individuals of this species remaining in the wild.
A brief rest.
Really, nothing should be this cute. Another youngster.
Squirrel monkeys are highly social.
The monkeys relaxed more around me after I spent a lot of time sitting on a log watching them.
Tiny sharp teeth for eating insects.
The squirrel monkey tail is used for balance. Groups move through the trees searching for insects, lizards, and even bats.
The Squirrel Monkey is the most endangered monkey species in Central America.
A pregnant squirrel monkey.
These monkeys are incredible acrobats.
Another insect lunch.
Getting a drink of fresh water from the stream next to me!
More adorable and useful acrobatics.
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