Pied tamarin in exhibit

Pied Tamarin

Scientific Name

Saguinus bicolor

Class

Mammalia

Order

Primates

Range

Outside the rapidly growing city of Manaus, Brazil

Habitat

Forests and swamps

Estimated Wild Population

n/a
Pied tamarin in exhibit
IUCN Conservation Status: Critically Endangered IUCN Conservation Status: Critically Endangered

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Physical Description

Adult pied tamarins have a bald head with black skin and large ears, giving these primates an unusual and striking appearance. They eat fruit, flowers, and small animals. Pied tamarins live in social family groups with multiple adult males and females. Females usually have two offpsring at a time, and the entire groups helps care for infants, with the father doing most of the carrying.

Interesting Fact 1

Pied tamarins help disperse plantlife by eating fruits and dropping their seeds across the forest.

Interesting Fact 2

Pied tamarins rapidly "flick" their tongue in and out of their mouth to signal recognition, anger, and curiosity.

Interesting Fact 3

Conservationists predict that nearly 80 percent of the wild population could be lost over the primate's next three generations, primarily due to the expansion of a nearby city, deforestation, and predation.

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