Did you know there are over 300 species of monkeys in the world?
Well, I didn’t until I became intrigued by the various types of monkeys found globally. Taking it one step at a time, let’s kick off our exploration by delving into monkeys with different fur colors. Today, we’ve compiled a list of 15 types of monkeys with orange fur. While most of them inhabit the forests around us, some face threats due to human intervention.
So, without further ado, let’s embark on a journey to learn more about our ancestors!
15 Types of Monkeys with Orange Fur
1) Golden lion tamarin
|Scientific Name||Leontopithecus rosalia|
|Size||10.3 in and weighs around 620 g|
|Geographic Location||Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil|
|Identification||Bright reddish-orange hair with a distinctive mane around the face and ears.|
The golden lion tamarin boasts bright reddish-orange fur, not due to carotenoids present in its hair but rather a natural tint.
Their day kicks off with a bit of travel and a breakfast of fruits. As the afternoon approaches, their diet shifts towards a more insect-focused meal.
Their social groups typically consist of 2–8 members, with one breeding adult male and one female leading the clan.
They communicate through various calls, from “whines” and “peeps” for alarms that travel long distances.
2) Geoffroy’s saddle-back tamarin
|Scientific Name||Leontocebus nigrifrons|
|Size||Head-body length of 20-23 cm, tail length of 30-35 cm|
|Geographic Location||Western Amazonia|
|Identification||Orangish-brown coat with a distinctive saddle-like pattern on the back|
Geoffroy’s saddle-back tamarin may not have the flashy orange fur of its golden lion cousin, but it does sport a brownish coat that sometimes appears orange with a distinctive saddle-like pattern on its back.
They have a unique approach to love; their mating system combines polyandry (one female with multiple males) and monogamy.
It communicates through scent marking using anogenital, suprapubic, and rarely sternal glands.
3) Eastern Pygmy Marmoset
|Scientific Name||Cebuella niveiventris|
|Size||Head size ranges from 33.7 to 38.9 mm and weighs around 119 grams|
|Geographic Location||Found in the southwestern Amazon Rainforest in Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador, and Peru, primarily south of the Amazon River.|
|Identification||Known for their petite size, whitish underparts, and a subtle touch of orange on the throat and chest.|
The eastern pygmy marmoset features a whitish coat with a subtle touch of orange on its throat and chest.
Weighing around 119 grams, this primate is one of the smallest in the New World monkey family.
They are equipped with claw-like nails; these monkeys use them for various tasks, including foraging and clinging to tree trunks.
4) East Javan langur
|Scientific Name||Trachypithecus auratus|
|Size||The body is around 44–65 cm, with the tail measuring around 61–87 cm, and it weighs over 7 kg.|
|Geographic Location||Found in Java, Bali, and the Indonesian island of Lombok|
|Identification||They display orange coloration in their growing stage|
Juvenile Javan langurs exhibit a striking orange coat, gradually darkening with age.
Inhabiting the rainforests in Java, Bali, and the Indonesian island of Lombok, Javan langurs play a vital role in tropical terrestrial ecosystems.
They live in a group of approximately 7 individuals, where primates exhibit cooperative breeding, with females actively caring for each other’s young.
Primarily herbivores, they consume leaves, flowers, and fruit, with enlarged salivary glands aiding in the digestion of plant material.
5) Cruz Lima’s saddle-back tamarin
|Scientific Name||Leontocebus cruzlimai|
|Size||21 to 23 cm|
|Geographic Location||Found in Brazil (near the Inauini River)|
|Identification||Reddish-orange fur with a black tail and distinctive white eyebrows|
Cruz Lima’s saddle-back tamarin has reddish-orange fur with a black tail and white eyebrows, giving it a truly unique look.
It has a captivating mottled pattern known as “agouti.” It’s like interwoven orange-red strands and blotches of black hair.
When the night falls, these tiny acrobats tuck themselves into tree cavities or large tree trunks’ forks, ensuring they are away from potential predators.
6) Brown-mantled tamarin
|Scientific Name||Leontocebus fuscicollis|
|Size||They are about 8.1–9.1 inches in size with an average weight of 348–456 g|
|Geographic Location||Found in Bolivia, Brazil, and Peru|
|Identification||Primate with orange-yellow fur with black patches|
The brown-mantled tamarin has beautiful orange-yellow fur with stylish black patches.
These tamarins have a cozy bedtime routine, usually found snuggling up in low-lying palms of the Oenocarpus bataua tree or tree hollows.
With their long hands and small stature, they expertly reach into small crevices.
They release scent marks to convey not just their identity but also their reproductive status.
7) Brown howler
|Scientific Name||Alouatta guariba|
|Size||Around 20 inches in length|
|Geographic Location||Southeastern Brazil and far northeastern Argentina in the Atlantic Forest.|
|Identification||Medium-sized monkeys with reddish-orange to black|
The brown howler monkey, despite its “brown” name, showcases stunning shades of reddish-orange or deep black.
Brown howlers are renowned for their distinctive howls that echo through the treetops. These vocal virtuosos use their enlarged larynx and chest to create a symphony.
Highly susceptible to yellow fever, they unintentionally become early warning systems.
When a bunch of brown howlers succumbs to the virus, it’s a red flag for a potential outbreak.
8) Bolivian red howler
|Scientific Name||Alouatta sara|
|Size||Males range from 20.6 to 22.4 inches, while females are slightly smaller at 18.4-19.6 inches.|
|Geographic Location||Endemic to Bolivia|
|Identification||Recognised by their well-built bodies, long limbs, and a distinct prehensile tails.|
Bolivian red howlers are the trendsetters of the jungle, showcasing their classy reddish-orange fur.
With a howl that echoes up to 2 miles, they work great as alarm clocks too!
Red howlers have a quirky self-defense tactic – branch juggling. They throw sticks and branches to keep their predators at bay.
Male red howlers aiming for a leadership change employ strategic moves which sometimes include infanticide.
9) Superagüi lion tamarin
|Scientific Name||Leontopithecus caissara|
|Size||Its body measures about 30.5 cm, while the tail can be up to 43.2 cm long|
|Geographic Location||Endemic to coastal forests in southeastern Brazil|
|Identification||Golden-orange monkey with a distinctive black head, legs, and tail.|
It rocks a stunning golden-orange coat with a contrasting black head, legs, and tail.
The Superagüi lion tamarin live in groups of 2-8 members, their social life revolves around grooming, especially between the breeding pair.
They feed on small fruits, invertebrates, nectar, bromeliad leaves, and even mushrooms.
They are also a part of Instituto de Pesquisas Ecológicas’ (IPÊ) conservation program to play a role in their conservation,
10) Red-backed bearded saki
|Scientific Name||Chiropotes chiropotes|
|Size||Males are about 45 cm long and weigh between 2.6 and 7.1 kg.|
|Geographic Location||Found North of the Amazon River and East of the Branco River.|
|Identification||Orange to yellowish-gold fur, with a distinctive, almost equally long, bushy tail.|
The Red-backed bearded saki has a vibrant red to yellowish-gold fur which sometimes appears orange, giving it a fiery appearance.
Both male and female red-backed bearded sakis have impressive beards but males have an even more luscious beard, a shock of hair on each side of its head, and a non-prehensile, bushy tail almost as long as its body.
They feed on seeds, flowers, nuts, and fruits, and are not picky eaters.
They travel in groups of about forty members, occasionally splitting into clusters in search of food.
11) Bald uakari
|Scientific Name||Cacajao calvus|
|Size||With head and body lengths averaging 45.6-44.0 cm, it weighs between 2.75 and 3.45 kg|
|Geographic Location||Restricted to várzea forests in the western Amazon of Brazil and Peru.|
|Identification||Orange-furred monkey with bald heads, short tails, and vibrant crimson faces.|
The bald uakari, with its short tail, crimson face, and distinctive bald head, adds a touch of elegance to the Amazon rainforest.
The lack of skin pigments and abundant capillaries create this stunning red hue, signaling good health.
For its defense, it uses tail wagging, specific vocalizations, and hair erection.
Residing in a malaria-prone area, they are often susceptible to malaria. Individuals affected by malaria might not be the first choice for a mate, as they lack the desired natural immunity.
12) Azara’s night monkey
|Scientific Name||Aotus azarae|
|Size||The average head and body length range from 341 to 346 mm.|
|Geographic Location||Found in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, and Paraguay.|
|Identification||Orange furred monkey|
Azara’s night monkeys are monogamous, with males taking the lead in parental care.
They are known for their nocturnal escapades, becoming more active under the moonlight.
They are usually found living in groups of 2 to 5, including an adult pair and their offspring, these orange-furred creatures create a close-knit family.
13) Atlantic titi monkey
|Scientific Name||Callicebus personatus|
|Size||Female is around 310 – 400mm while the male measures somewhere from 350 to 420mm|
|Geographic Location||Endemic to Brazil|
|Identification||A distinct orange monkey with a black furry face|
Atlantic titi monkeys have a stunning orange coat, adding a pop of color to the Brazilian rainforest.
These monkeys claim their space with loud calls, engaging in a tree-top banter if needed.
Atlantic titi monkeys are frugivores, often seen feeding on fruits, seeds, and leaves.
These monkeys eat soil on ant mounds for safety and easy grasping.
14) Andean saddle-back tamarin
|Scientific Name||Leontocebus fuscicollis|
|Size||Their head-to-tail length is about 510–560 mm.|
|Geographic Location||Endemic to Peru|
|Identification||They have an agouti back pattern and a sleek black tail.|
The Andean saddle-back tamarin sports an orange-and-black agouti pattern on its back along with a long black hairy tail.
Weighing in at 350–400 grams, they are usually found at altitudes from 328 to 3,937 ft.
According to the IUCN, they are rated “Least Concern” from the conservation standpoint.
15) Peruvian night monkey
|Scientific Name||Aotus miconax|
|Size||They can grow up to 50 cm in length|
|Geographic Location||Endemic to northern Peru|
|Identification||Grey to light brown with black and white markings on the face with a distinctive orange tinge on the chest, belly, and upper arms|
The Peruvian night monkey has a subtle orange tinge on its chest, belly, and upper arms.
Peruvian night monkeys are monogamous, living in small family groups of 2 to 6 individuals.
Despite its nocturnal nature, its presence in Northern Peru remains largely unexplored and a mystery.
This concludes another article exploring the diverse species of flora and fauna that nature has to offer. While there are many more types of monkeys with orange fur, we’ve limited ourselves to just 15 for today. Feel free to browse our page for more interesting and intriguing articles.
Hi everyone, my name is Shawna, and I’ve always been fascinated by the fascinating diversity of flora and fauna that our nature has in it. I am currently studying biotechnology and am particularly interested in animal biotechnology, delving into the intricate processes that define their true nature and uniqueness.