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Cotton-top Tamarin - Fang, Jasmine & Syd
Saguinus oedipus
Range: Northwestern Columbia
Habitat: Secondary wet and dry forest and low vine tangles from sea level to 1500 meters.
Diet: Mainly fruit, buds, insects, nuts, spiders, tree frogs, lizards, bird eggs, shrews, moles, and birds. At the zoo they eat fruits, vegetables, marmoset diet, mealworms, waxworms, hard-boiled eggs, peanuts and seeds.
Fun Facts:
  • Cotton-tops are gregarious monkeys living in family groups of 6-10 individuals with one breeding pair and several generations of their offspring.
  • The breeding pair typically gives birth to twins and the whole family helps raise the young.
  • They have over 30 vocalizations including chirps, shrill calls, squeaks, and other bird-like calls.
  • Cotton-tops live in the upper strata of the forest canopy and rarely descend to lower areas.
  • Generally, they form monogamous pairs.
  • The average birth weight is 40-50 grams, almost 20% of the females weight.

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