cotton-top tamarin

Cotton-top Tamarin

Saguinus oedipus

CLASS Mammalia | ORDER Primates | FAMILY Callithricidae

RANGE Colombia, South America


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

0.5 - 2 lbs

Up to 8 in

10 - 11 in

183 days

Usually 2

IUCN Status
Critically Endangered
cotton-top tamarin

Cotton-top tamarins 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

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.

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.