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Cotton-Top Tamarin Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Saguinus oedipus
  • Class

    Mammals
  • Order

    Primates
  • Range

    Cotton-top tamarins are native to northwest Colombia.

  • Status

    Cotton-top tamarins are endangered in the wild due to habitat loss and the illegal pet trade. To help conserve the species, Lincoln Park Zoo participates in the Cotton-Top Tamarin Species Survival Plan®.

  • Habitat

    This arboreal species occupies rain forests and open woodlands.

  • Niche

    Insects, fruits and nectar make up the majority of their diet. The species is also known to feed on gum produced by trees in its rain forest home. Cotton-top tamarin groups are territorial and will use scent-marking to indicate their turf.

  • Life History

    Like many tamarin species, cotton-top tamarins give birth to nonidentical twins. The new arrivals can equal 20 percent of the mother's weight! Perhaps because of effort associated with birth, cotton-top tamarin fathers play a big role in the rearing process, carrying new arrivals through the forest. Breeding pairs are monogamous, and offspring often stay with the parental group for a time to help rear younger siblings.

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