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Wildlife Wednesday: The Smartest Monkey (Capuchin in Costa Rica)

Capuchin monkey

The Capuchin monkey is common to find in Costa Rica. The first picture was taken in a restaurant, where we had lunch. It’s a wild monkey who lived in the nearby forest but somehow he loved to hang out on the balcony of the restaurant. It was a delightful lunch for having him as a company.

He looked at his reflection in the mirror after posing in front of my camera. A funny monkey πŸ˜‰

Capuchin monkey

They are known for being the smartest monkey in New World Monkey. They have been used in several movies, for example, the Hollywood movies George of the Jungle and Night at the Museum. I witnessed it myself, a Capuchin monkey opened the water tap to drink at Manuel Antonio National Park in Costa Rica.

However, he forgot to close the tap πŸ˜‰


  1. They are very clever, and equally mischievous. While we were house sitting in Playa Matapalo, Costa Rica we got to experience them tormenting the dog from the roof and devising ways to make noise on the roof tops of houses. Whether with coconuts or prying loose sheets of metal and slamming them back down. We were also able to watch them peel open coconuts and drink the water inside. Smart monkeys.

    • Smart animals, peeling open a coconut is not easy to do – I can’t even open one πŸ˜€ I read also that they are easily adapting to their environment, a key to their survival.

  2. Bonjour Indah, tes photos sont une merveille et j’ai toujours aimΓ© les singes. Ceux de tes photos sont drΓ΄les πŸ™‚

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