Cotton Top Tamarin

GLOBAL DISTRIBUTION/RANGE: 
Columbia

DIET: 
Fruit, insects, young leaves, buds, vines, epiphytes

HABITAT: 
Rainforests north of the Amazon River.

DESCRIPTION: 
Crest of long whitish hair from forehead to nape flowing over shoulders. The back is brown with under parts of arms and legs being whitish to yellow. Unlike other new world monkeys, this species has modified claws instead of nails on all digits. It also has two rather than three molars on each side of the jaw.   

DID YOU KNOW? 
They live in groups of up to 19 individuals. The most common group size is 3-9. Groups are made up of a dominant mated pair, their young and a few unrelated subordinates. The home range is 20-25 acres. They show their rears and genitals as a territorial display. The father assists at birth and carries the young all the time except when the young are being fed.  

MORE ABOUT OUR ANIMALS: 
A pair of tamarins named Fluffhead and Bekah live in the South American Pavilion at the El Paso Zoo. 

HOW YOU CAN GET INVOLVED IN CONSERVATION EFFORTS: 
Read about tamarins online and check out books from your local library. Become a member of the El Paso Zoological Society. Funds raised by the Society are used to support conservation efforts at the Zoo and in the wild.  

JUST FOR KIDS: 
At the El Paso Zoo you can find three species of primates in the Americas area of the Zoo and four species in the Asia area. For a fun experience and family activity look for all seven species and decide how many are monkeys and how many are apes. (Hint: apes do not have tails.)