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Goeldi's monkey
Callimico goeldii


CITES: Appendix I (What is CITES?)
IUCN Red List: C. goeldii: VU (What is Red List?)
Key: VU = Vulnerable
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C. goeldii
Photo: Verena Behringer

The main problem with assessing the conservation status of callimicos is the limited available information on the distribution, ecology and population density of the species (Porter 2007). In many cases, conservation measures cannot be enacted until the exact locations of populations of callimicos are defined, a problem confounded by low population densities which causes the species to be sometimes overlooked in surveys (Defler et al. 2003; Porter 2000; 2007). These low densities and the rarity of the species also put callimicos at higher risk than more common primate species (Porter 2000).

It is clear in some areas that populations have disappeared because of human actions (Christen 1999). Threats can only increase with human population growth, especially in habitats in Bolivia, where health care and immigration are fueling rapid human population growth (Porter 2007).


Threat: Human-Induced Habitat Loss and Degradation

Logging threatens callimicos. This is especially true in the department of Pando, Bolivia, where not only is commercial logging of mahogany and roble trees degrading forest, but also where the construction of logging roads has sped human settlement of and ranching activity in the area (Porter 2000). However, since callimicos can live in degraded forest, they are able to cope with some disturbance, as long as the forest is not clear-cut (Defler 1989). In fact, degraded habitats provide important resources for the species (Rehg 2007). Much logging is selective and leaves the majority of the forest still standing (Porter 2007). However, government economic development, resettlement, and road building programs can exacerbate the loss and degradation of callimico habitats (Pook & Pook 1979; Cameron & Buchanan-Smith 1991-1992).

Ranching has the potential to affect callimico habitats more profoundly, through clear-cutting the forest (Porter 2007).

Threat: Harvesting (hunting/gathering)

In general, callitrichines such as callimicos are not usually hunted, partially owing to their diminutive size (Defler 1989; Porter 2006). However, owing to their low population densities and large home ranges, even if small numbers are trapped, large areas of occurrence have the potential to be affected (Pook & Pook 1979). Also, in some areas of Bolivia, callimicos are eaten and are supposedly desired by non-local individuals (Christen & Geissmann 1994).





Content last modified: August 26, 2008

Written by Kurt Gron. Reviewed by Leila Porter.

Cite this page as:
Gron KJ. 2008 August 26. Primate Factsheets: Goeldi's monkey (Callimico goeldii) Conservation . <'s_monkey/cons>. Accessed 2019 September 18.