Cotton Top Tamarin Monkey

 

Area:  Central and South America

Habitat:  Humid tropical forest, dry deciduous forest

Food:  Insects, flowers, fruit, sap, nectar, eggs and lizards.

Size:  Weigh between 14.5 and 15.9 oz 

Babies:  Newborn babies ride on their mother’s

 

At Ease in the Trees

 

Cotton-top tamarin is small primate that belongs to the group of New World Monkeys. It is native to South America. Cotton-top tamarin inhabits tropical rainforests and secondary forests in the southwestern parts of Columbia. Thanks to the uncontrolled collecting from the wild (due to pet trade and scientific studies) and habitat loss (due to deforestation), population of cotton-top tamarins has been reduced to around 6000 animals. Number of cotton-top monkeys continuous to decline, which is why they are classified as critically endangered.

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