Saki Monkey. by Ralph de Zilva

Nikon D700 & Nikkor 80-400mm lens

Top Ten In the Moment In Times “Wild Animals” challenge on 02.11.2012

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Sakis’ range includes northern and central South America, extending from the south of Colombia, over Peru, in northern Bolivia. and into the central part of Brazil.

Sakis are small-sized monkeys with long, bushy tails. Their furry, rough skin is black, grey or reddish-brown in color depending upon the species. The faces of some species are naked, but their head is hooded with fur. Their bodies are adapted to life in the trees, with strong hind legs allowing them to make far jumps. Sakis reach a length of 30 to 50 cm, with a tail just as long, and weigh up to 2 kg.

Sakis are diurnal animals. They live in the trees of the rain forests and only occasionally go onto the land. They mostly move on all fours, sometimes running in an upright position on the hind legs over the branches, and sometimes jumping long distances. For sleeping they roll themselves cat-like in the branches. They are generally very shy, cautious animals.

Sakis are frugivores. Their diet consists of over 90% fruit and is supplemented by a small proportion of leaves, flowers, and insects. Sakis, as well as uakaris, engage in a specialized form of frugivory in which they focus specifically on unripe fruits and seeds.

Mating is non-seasonal, and can happen any time during the year. After approximately 150 to 180 day gestation, females bear single young. The young are weaned after 4 months, and are fully mature in 3 years. Their life expectancy is up to 30 years.

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I have always had a love of capturing images and in my early teens took many photographs on my little Kodak camera. I loved the wild open spaces and bird life in particular and longed to be able to be an accomplished photographer. It took ill health and a forced early retirement to re-kindle this love of photography. I am a self-taught amateur photographer who has had no formal training. I take great pride and joy in my work and these days have the time to pursue this wonderful hobby.

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  • Mary Sedici
    Mary Sediciover 2 years ago

    OCTOBER 21st, 2012
    Please VISIT & PLACE the nominated work in the

  • Thank you so much Mary for this great honour. I am absolutely speechless.
    I am not sure if I would be able to follow your instructions but I’ll give it my best shot.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Mary, it is all too much for me. I gave it a go and got as far as the image appearing on that page where you paste the URL but after that I didn’t know what to do.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Dominika Aniola
    Dominika Aniolaover 2 years ago

    haha, he’s cute in some strange way :) I believe it’s those sad-looking eyes.

  • Yeah, I suppose you are right. Thanks Dominika for the comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • Thanks Ray.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • tinypaws
    tinypawsover 2 years ago

    What an amazing looking animal…So well captured as well.Great work!!

  • Thanks very much for your visit and comment.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...over 2 years ago

    What a fascinating creature this is (and one I’ve not seen before)! Excellent detail, particularly the face and eyes.

  • I spent quite a bit of time with this monkey and found him very interesting. Thanks Celeste for your comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 2 years ago

    Great info on this strange looking monkey Ralph,,I’ve never seen one before…he’s kinda cute tho,,,great capture!!

  • Thanks so much, Dlouise for the visit, comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Stephen Thomas
    Stephen Thomasover 2 years ago

    Great Photo of this strange looking monkey!

  • Many thanks, Stephen.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Evita
    Evitaover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work !!!

    Click on the link below to view your feature
    Nature In Its Entirety-NOTHING MAN MADE FEATURES 23rd October 2012

  • Thanks so much, Evita for the feature and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • supergold
    supergoldover 2 years ago

    fantastic look

  • Many thanks Fred for the comment and fave.

    – Ralph de Zilva

  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamover 2 years ago

    what an awesome dude, never seen one before – great pic ralph !

  • Thanks very much for the comment and fave, Dean.

    – Ralph de Zilva

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