Pied tamarin in exhibit
Scientific Name
Saguinus bicolor
Outside the rapidly growing city of Manaus, Brazil
Forests and swamps
Estimated Wild Population
Pied tamarin in exhibit Endangered Status Graph - Critically Endangered Endangered Status Graph - Critically Endangered

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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.

Did You Know?

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

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

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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