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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 which has the smallest primates in the world
  • They make high pitched alarm 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 twin young 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 due to human encroachment, agricultural practices, and livestock grazing.
  • Logging for wood and the construction of dams

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



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