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Guianan bearded saki

Chiropotes chiropotes

The red-backed bearded saki is a New World monkey, from South America.
Bearded sakis are diurnal. They are active from sunrise to just before sunset and spend most of the day leaping through the highest parts of the forest canopy looking for food.

Belfast Zoo is one of only two zoos in the UK to care for red-backed bearded sakis. We were the first zoo to breed this species in Europe.

Animal class


Conservation status

The IUCN does not believe that red-backed bearded sakis are currently in any danger of extinction.




There has been insufficient research carried out to determine exact numbers of red-backed bearded sakis in the wild.


Omnivore. The red-backed bearded saki eats fruits, seeds, nuts and also spiders and insects.