Cotton-top Tamarin

Cotton-headed Tamarin

Cotton-top Tamarin
Saguinus oedipus


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Primates
FAMILY
Callithricidae

Range

Colombia, South America


Habitat

Forests


Diet

Insects, ripe fruit, seeds, and nectar; sometimes spiders, small vertebrates, and bird eggs

Weight

0.5 - 2 lbs.

Body

Up to 8 in.

Tail

10 - 11 in.

Gestation

183 days

Young

Usually 2

IUCN Status

Critically Endangered

Facts

  • They are found only in the rainforests of northwestern Colombia.
  • They live in family groups of 6 to 10 individual to help defend themselves against predators.
  • When they see a predator, the tamarins let out an alarm call warning others of the danger.
  • Cotton-top tamarin mothers usually give birth to non-identical twins, and fathers play a big role by helping carry the new arrivals through the forest.

 

Conservation

Deforestation and the demand for these tamarins in the local pet trade, as well as illegal exportations for biomedical research have greatly affected the populations.

Critically Endangered

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