Capuchin monkeys Origin and History
Capuchin monkeys are a New World monkey in the subfamily Cebinae. Most capuchin monkeys live in the tropical forests of Central and South America, where they may be known as “white-faced” monkeys. In the wild, the capuchin may live up to 25 years.
The name “capuchin” comes from their resemblance to the Order of the Friars Minor Capuchin, a group of friars that where brown robes with large hoods. Capuchins are black, brown, tan, or white, but the colors and patterns vary by species. Most captive capuchins are dark brown with white faces and necks.
Capuchin have a long history with humans and have been used in 20th-century organ grinder performances and as jockeys in greyhound races.
In the captive trade, capuchin are kept as exotic pets, as service- and mobility-assistance animals, and as Hollywood animal performers for films and television.