Born in May only a week apart at the Taronga Zoo, Squirrel Monkeys Carlos and Enrique are starting to develop their own personalities and are becoming more independent every day.
Photo Credit: Lisa Ridley
According to keepers, Enrique has more confidence than Carlos. This adventurous little Monkey spends more and more time away from his mother, Ayaca, and spends less time riding on the backs of other females in the troop.
Enrique can often be heard vocalizing to others when he is high up in the trees. Carlos, on the other hand, still chooses to ride around on his mother Llosa's back or be carried by the other females.
Just recently, keepers have been seeing the two little Monkeys playing together. Though they are starting to nibble on cucumbers, grapes, and leaves, both youngsters still nurse from their mothers, and will continue to do so for several more months.
Squirrel Monkeys are native to Central and South America, where they spend their days in the forest canopy in troops as large as 500 individuals.