Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Cotton-Top Tamarin

We just learned about the Common Marmoset.

Another type of New World Monkey is the Cotton-Top Tamarin, also called the saguinus oedipus.

This is a very small monkey that lives in Columbia.
It grows to about 10 inches long, and weighs about 1 pound.

Just like you would think from the name, these monkeys have white fluffy hair on their head.
They mostly eat bugs, fruits, and the liquid that comes off of trees like sap.
These monkeys do a lot of talking, and can make over 30 different types of whistles and chirps to talk to other monkeys.
Sometimes they might be telling the other monkeys that they want some food, or other times they might be warning everyone of danger.

There are a lot of these monkeys being kept as pets, but there are only about 6,000 cotton top tamarins left in the wild.

(from: wikipedia - cotton-top tamarin)

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