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Cotton-top Tamarin
Saguinus oedipus

Habitat: Tropical moist and dry deciduous forests

Range: North-west Columbia

Natural Diet: Fruit, insects, seeds, flowers, tree sap, small mammals, birds and reptiles

Status in the Wild: THREATENED


Fun facts

  • Cotton top tamarins belong to a class of the smallest primates in the world

  • They make high pitched calls when a predator is seen

  • They have a unique tuft of white hair on top of their heads that looks like cotton

  • They most often have twins but on occasion, a single infant is born

  • Both males and females participate in taking care of their infants

Conservation Threats

  • The major threats are habitat loss mostly by human encroachment such as agricultural practices and livestock grazing.

  • Logging for wood and the construction of dams for water management has also resulted in forest loss

Cotton-top tamarins' white mane that looks like a ball of cotton



Distributional range: Cotton top tamarins are only found in a narrow area in coastal tropical rainforest habitat in Colombia in South America