- Common Name: Isabel’s Saki
- Taxonomy Classification Year: 2014
- Monkey Size: 30 to 50 cm (11.81 to 19.67 in)
- Skin Color(s): Black
- Habitat: Forest, rainforest
- Diet: Carnivorous
- Native Countries: Peru
Isabel’s Saki Distribution
Isabel’s Saki Characteristics
Isabel’s saki (Pithecia isabela) is a New World Monkey species, native to a small part of northern Peru.
- These sakis are small monkeys with long, bushy tails.
- Their body is adapted to live in trees, with strong hind legs that allow them to jump far.
- They reach a length of 30 to 50 cm, with an equally long tail. Isabel’s saki closely resembles Napo saki (Pithecia napensis), with the two species sharing a dark coloration with prominent white eye patches.
- Still, Pithecia napensis also has dense white fur on its forehead, while Pithecia isabela has a more diffused white fur.
- Pithecia isabela has a less extensive and slightly duller orange neck than P. napensis.
Isabel’s Saki Facts
- Isabel’s saki is only known from a small part of northern Peru near the Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve.
- The species was named in honor of Isabel Godin des Odonais, an 18th-century Ecuadorian noblewoman who traveled across South America to find her husband.
- Populations of this species were previously classified under the monk saki (Pithecia monachus). Still, a 2014 study described these populations as a separate species, Pithecia isabela, because of their distinctive pelage.
- They mostly walk on all fours, often running upright on their hind legs over branches and sometimes leaping long distances.
- Isabel’s saki is believed to be threatened by poaching, deforestation, and its small range. Thus its population is believed to be declining.
Suggested Reading: Monkeys: Facts About The Largest Group of Primates
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