Cotton-top Tamarin

Updated: Dec 13, 2019

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On a recent visit to Linton Zoo (conservation and breeding zoo) I once again fell in love with these little guys. Unfortunately, due to us humans and our blatant disregard for those we share the planet with, these beauties are on the critically endangered list.

Cotton-top tamarin

Information, facts and figures

The Cotton-top tamarin (Saguinus oedipus) is a small new world monkey weighing in at under 0.5kg. They can live up to 25 years but in the wild typically reach only half of this.

Found in Northwest Columbia in tropical rainforests and open woodlands.

Diet: Insects, fruit and seeds

Over 3/4 of its habitat has been lost to deforestation.

Up to 40,000 cotton-top tamarins are thought to have been captured and exported for use in biomedical research prior to 1976 when CITES gave them the highest level of protection and all international trade was banned.

Cotton-top tamarin

Currently classified as critically endangered and is one of the rarest primates in the world with only 6,000 individuals left in the wild.

Well known, along with Marmosets, for giving birth to twins although single births do occasionally occur.

In the wild, they typically live in groups of 2 – 9 individuals with a single female per group.

The males usually carry the young giving them back to the female for feeding.

Cotton-top tamarin


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If you like any of the images shown on this post they are all available for purchase over on PicFair. I will be donating 50% of each image sale to Linton Zoo to support their efforts in conservation work with this amazing primate. So if you’re looking for an image of a Cotton-top tamarin for a school project, blog, website etc, please do have a look through my album on PicFair, your support would be truly appreciated!

Photography bit

Camera: Nikon D750 Lens: Tamron AF 70-300mm F/4-5.6 Di LD Macro 1:2 Nikon+Motor

The Tamron lens listed above, albeit an inexpensive lens, does work in FX mode on full-frame Nikon cameras! An unexpected benefit when I upgraded from my D5300 to the D750.

Shot in Aperture Priority mode and due to it being a gloomy day (on and off), I set my ISO to auto ISO with a maximum of 2000.

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