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Cotton-top Tamarin

Cotton-top Tamarin

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Scientific Name:

Saguinus oedipus


Northwestern Colombia


Omnivore. Fruit, seeds, gum, leaves, animal prey (insects, frogs, lizards, mice and birds).


Habitat: Tropical rainforests, open woodlands, and secondary growth.

Gestation: around 183 days, usually 2 offspring.

Social structure: groups ranging from 3-13 individuals. However, the most common group sizes are 7 individuals.

Weight:  males 417g, female 404g

Dimensions:  26cm max, with a tail length of 40cm max.

Lifespan:  13.5 yrs, 23 under human care

Estimated population in the wild: 2,000

Threats: Habitat loss due to use of the land for pasture and agriculture.

IUCN Status: Critically Endangered

Did you know that:

  1. When coming into contact with other groups, instead of physical contact they will threaten the other group with the showing of their rear and genital area as a territorial display.
  2. Males put forth more effort in caring for the young than females.
  3. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, 20,000-30,000 individuals were exported to the United States for biomedical research

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