Tamarin

Species: Saguinus imperator (Emperor)

Geographic Range: Parts of Brazil and Peru

Size: Head and body length: 10 inches long, weight: up to 1 pound

Lifespan: up to 17 years

Conservation Status: Vulnerable

Como’s Tamarins

Find them with the Primates Map

Fun Facts:

  • A tamarin’s tail is longer than its body.
  • Emperor tamarins live in groups of about four generally with one female and three males.
  • Emperors will sometimes form mixed troops with another kind of monkey, the saddleback tamarin (Saguinus fuscicollis).
  • The moustache helps individuals identify each other and assists in display.

 


 

Species: Saguinus geoffroyi (Geoffroy)

Geographic Range: Colombia, Costa Rica, and Panama

Size: Head and body length: up to 11 inches long, weight: up to 1 pound

Lifespan: Up to 18 years

Conservation Status: Least concern

Como’s Tamarins

Find them with the Primates Map

Fun Facts:

  • Geoffroy’s tamarins have at least ten distinctive calls that they use to find each other, warn other groups of their presence, express alarm, and threaten other tamarins that venture into their territory.
  • Geoffroy’s tamarins have been observed playing games of ‘chase’ with squirrels.
  • The tiny young¬†will only weigh 1.4 oz at birth¬†and will immediately clong to their mother’s back.
  • Geoffroy’s tamarins are especially likely to inhabit forest re-growth where slash and burn agriculture was once used.