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Scientific Name: 
Saguinus oedipus
Phylum: 
Chordata
Species class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Primate
Family: 
Callitrichidae
Genus: 
Saguinus
Species: 
oedipus
Status: 
Critically Endangered
Quick Facts

Life Span: 13 years in the wild, but survive longer in captivity (oldest was 24 years)

Size: 20.8-25.9cm (without tail)

Weight: 432g

Fun Facts

Cotton Topped Tamarins have a large variety of different bird like chirps and whistles that are used for communication.  Scientists have recorded over 38 different calls all related to different circumstances. Vocal communication is very important in dense jungle as visual communication can be difficult.

While only the two dominant adults will have offspring, all members of the group will cooperate in the raising of the youngsters.  Grooming, carrying, protecting and even play behaviour is done by all members of the group.

Tamarins are important seed dispersers, seed that have higher germination rates than normal seeds.

Cotton-top Tamarins, or Cotton-headed Tamarins,  are one of the smallest monkeys and are easily recognised due to their unique looks.

At Taronga:

At Taronga Zoo we have four male Cotton-top Tamarins - Wan  (DOB:17/11/2007), Trichidae (DOB: 26/01/2007), JD (D.O.B: 29/01/2007) and Pedey (D.O.B: 29/01/2007). 

They are a bachelor group of four brothers that came to Taronga Zoo in 2014 from Mogo Zoo.

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Source: 
http://www.iucnredlist.org/
Year assessed: 
2008