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Emperor Tamarin

Saguinus imperator

Tamarins are small ‘New World’ monkeys. This species can be recognised by its long, white 'moustache'. Its moustache is thought to make it look larger and more intimidating when defending its territory.

measurements

Measurements

Size: 23 - 25.5cm, Tail length – 39 - 41.5cm
Weight: 450g

habitat

Habitat

Emperor tamarins are restricted to an area of tropical rainforest along the Amazon river in the extreme southeast of Peru, northwest Brazil and Bolivia.

diet

Diet

Fruit forms the main part of their diet but plant sap and insects are also eaten. As they weigh very little, they can stalk insects discreetly and feed on the outermost twigs and branches.

behaviour

Breeding

After a pregnancy of 5 months, twins are most commonly born. Males and older offspring will help rear the young.

threat

Conservation

Emperor tamarins are not currently classed as endangered however, as with most Amazon primates, they are threatened by habitat loss.

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