Cebus apella

This is a capuchin monkey (Cebus Apella).  I came really close to these monkeys the day I shot Giselle at the Arthur Thomas park, in Londrina. We had foolishly left all our bags at one of the pic nic tables at the park and a pack of them started to tear it all down in search of food.
Gean and I ran to the tables to save our belongings, and they retreated, but then when Giselle started to change outfits again, they came back and started to get aggressive!! The alfa male was so ready to charge against Gean! We managed to scare them off… still, some remained around but didn’t disturb us anymore.


Esse é um macaco prego, também conhecido como macaco capuchino (Cebus apella). Eu me encontrei bem de perto com eles quando fui fotografar a Giselle no parque Arthur Thomas em Londrina. Nós tinhamos deixado nossas coisas em uma das mesas de pic nic e um grupo deles começou a destruir tudo, procurando por comida.

Gean e eu corremos para salvar nossas coisas, e eles se afastaram, mas quando a Giselle começou a se trocar novamente, eles voltaram e estavam agressivos!! Foi tenso! O macho Alfa estava quase atacando o Gean!! Nós conseguimos assustá-los… mas ainda assim alguns ficaram por perto, apesar de não nos incomodarem mais.

These monkeys (from the Cebus genus) are said to be the smartest in the Americas and can easily be taught how to use tools (yes, because that would be something great for the visitors of the park).
The word capuchin derives from a group of friars named the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, an offshoot from the Franciscans, who wear brown robes with large hoods covering their heads. When explorers reached the Americas in the 15th century they found small monkeys who (they thought) resembled these monks and named them capuchins (and I thought that *I* had a wild imagination).

The scientific name of the genus, Cebus, on the other hand, comes from the Greek word kêbos, meaning a long-tailed monkey.

The species-level taxonomy of this genus remains highly controversial… it was once only one species with various subespecies and now every subespecies is a species on its own… This particular one, is (if I’m not mistaken) of the most common species, alors it should be a Black-capped, Brown or Tufted Capuchin: Cebus apella


Esses macacos do gênero Cebus são considerados os mais espertos das Américas.  e podem facilmente ser ensinados a usar ferramentas (é, isso seria bem legal para os visitantes do parque)
A palavra capuchino deriva de um grupo de frades, de um dos ramos dos franciscanos, que usam
mantas ou roupões com grandes capuzes cobrindo suas cabeças. Quando exploradores chegaram
às Americas no século XV eles encontraram esses macaquinhos que (na cabeça deles) se pareciam com os monges
e lhes deram esse nome… ( e eu achava que *eu* pirava nas idéias…)

Por outro lado o nome científico vem da palavra grega “Kêbos”, que significa “macaco de rabo comprido”.

This little one actually managed to open the tap a little bit!


E esse macaquinho na verdade conseguiu abrir a torneira um pouco!

And this last one, is from the time they were sieging us. They were literally everywhere!


E esse último, é de quando eles estavam nos cercando. Eles estavam literalmente em todo lugar!

Fortunately, no humans nor monkeys were harmed in the making of these photos.


Felizmente, nenhum humano ou macaco foi ferido durante o ensaio.

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8 Responses to Cebus apella

  1. Ramon says:

    These are very beautiful and awesome captures!

  2. Guilherme says:

    Olá Babs, ficaram legais as fotos!! Parabénss!! Bjo!!

  3. Jarren says:

    Whoa it seems like you are on the edge of danger every other photo shoot. Were you or your friends heartbeat racing at any point while this happened?

  4. Doug Bauman says:

    this guy is cute, even though he was bothering you.
    The shots with the sink are humourous

  5. Phil Splawn says:


  6. kwald says:

    Excellent pics – you really captured the spirit of these curious little creatures!! Share your capuchin pics and the story behind your encounter with them at: I know others would love to hear about it!

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