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Emperor tamarin

Saguinus imperator

Emperor tamarin

Emperor tamarins are small New World monkeys, a term which describes monkeys from South and Central America.

These small primates have striking long and white moustaches. It is believed that the emperor tamarin was jokingly named after the German Emperor Wilhelm II who sported similar facial hair.

Animal class


Diet - Omnivore
These tamarins eat fruits, flowers, nectar, gums and some small invertebrates.

The average body length of an emperor tamarin can be up to 25 centimetres (cm) and a tail length of 40cm. They can weigh up to 450 grams.

Emperor tamarins are found in secondary or tropical lowland forests in Brazil and Peru.

Conservation status
They are listed under Appendix II of CITES.

The major threat for emperor tamarins is the loss of habitat through destruction. They are also hunted for the illegal pet trade.

Current population
It is unknown how many are left in the wild exactly. It is believed that they are decline.

Zoo population
In zoos around the world there are over 530 emperor tamarins.