Emperor Tamarin

This is a small primate named for its characteristic long white moustache.

The moustache is thought to bear a resemblance to the moustache of Emperor Wilhelm 2nd of Germany. The emperor tamarin does not gnaw holes in trees itself to obtain sap, but will instead exploit wounds in trees or hijack previously existing holes made by marmosets to feed on the sap that is exuded. They may also have multiple males they breed with and then help with the rearing.

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Fruits, flowers, nectar, frogs, snails, insects, small birds sap and gum.
Life Span:
Mid 20's in captivity
South-western Amazon region.
Did you know?
Tamarins have nails only on their big toes. Nails on all other digits have evolved to become claws.

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