Azara’s Night Monkey, Aotus azarae

Azara’s night monkey or the southern night monkey (Aotus azarae) is a species of night monkey that can be found in South and Central America. Its range includes areas Peru, Paraguay, Panama, Argentina, Ecuador, Bolivia, and Venezuela. This species is thought to prefer to reside in tall forests and lowland vine forests. This species holds three subspecies, including the feline night monkey and the Bolivian night monkey, and was named after Félix de Azara, a Spanish naturalist.

Azara’s night monkey reaches an average body length of about thirteen inches and a weight of about 2.7 pounds in both males and females. This species resides in groups of up to five individuals, moving about in the trees during the nighttime hours. After young are born, both males and females take part in raising them. The species primarily consumes fruit but it will also feed on flowers, insects, and leaves. It is thought to live for an average of twenty years.

Azara’s night monkey is thought to abundant throughout its range, but it is threatened by habitat disturbance in some areas. Currently, it appears on the IUCN Red List with a conservation status of “Least Concern.”

Image Caption: Feline night monkey (Aotus azarae infulatus) in Cristalino Jungle Lodge, southern Pará, Brazil. Credit: Rich Hoyer/Wikipedia (CC BY 2.0)