Cotton-top tamarin

Cotton-top tamarin Saguinus oedipus (EEP)

ClassMammalia
OrderPrimates
FamilyCallithricidae
Size21–26cm
Weight400g
Gestation6 months
Birth2
Life-span20 years
Diet
omnivorous (fruit, nectar, gum, insects, frogs, lizards...)

Habitat
tropical forests

Range
north-west Colombia


This species is distinguished from other tamarins by the crest of white hairs around its head, which looks like a mane of cotton.
 
Tree-dwelling and diurnal, cotton-top tamarins live in small groups of about 10. They spend most of their day looking for food – mainly fruit, gum, nectar and insects. In the dry season, when fruits are less plentiful, the proportion of gum, nectar, insects and small vertebrates in their diet increases.
 
After being exported in great number to biomedical research laboratories in the 1960s and early 1970s, they are now one of the world’s most endangered primates. Although protected in Colombia since 1969, they are victims of the destruction of their habitat to create farmland and pastures, as well as the trade in illegal pets.
 
Since 2010 the Zoo de La Palmyre has help to finance Proyecto Titì, a cotton-top tamarin protection program created in 1985 and combining research, education and community development programs.
 


La Palmyre Zoo helps protecting this species in the wild by supporting the programme: Proyecto Tití

The Zoo de La Palmyre has also contributed financially, since 2005, to the conservation of another tamarin endemic to Colombia: the white-footed tamarin, classed as endangered on the IUCN’s Red List.
 



Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)

  • Not evaluated
    NE
  • Data deficient
    DD
  • Least concern
    LC
  • Near threatened
    NT
  • Vulnerable
    VU
  • Endangered
    EN
  •  Critically endangered
    CR
  • Extinct in the wild
    EW
  • Extinct
    EX

In the zoo