Cotton Top Tamarin | Welsh Mountain Zoo

Cotton Top Tamarin

Saguinus oedipus

  • Not Evaluated
  • Data Deficient
  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Amongst the smallest of the primate family and with an average body length of around 20 cm, the Cotton Top Tamarin is considered to be a critically endangered species with only an estimated 6,000 living in the wild. Originating from the forests of South America, this fascinating little creature exhibits a white shoal of hair running from its head, across its back.

Native Range →

North Colombia

Natural Habitat  →

Primary and secondary tropical forest

Diet  →

Fruits, flowers, nectar, frogs, lizards, spiders, insects and snails

Life Expectancy  →

Around 13 years in the wild. Up to 24 years in zoos.

Breeding  →

2 infants from a 140 days gestation period

Group Name  →


Active Hours  →

During the day

Threats  →

Loss of habitat, illegal trade

Fun fact

The Cotton Top Tamarin won't ever descend to the ground to find water because it is too risky. Instead, they obtain water from fruit and leaves covered with raindrops and dew

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