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Monkey: Marmoset: Pygmy marmoset

Cebuella pygmaea
Mammal

IUCN Status
Classed as ‘least concern” by the IUCN as numbers seem to be stable despite habitat loss. However some populations may be affected by collection for the pet trade.



Diet

In the wild they are considered a gum specialist as that is what makes up the majority of their diet. They extract gum from trees using their specialised teeth to gnaw holes in the bark. They will also eat insects, flowers and fruits.

Habitat

Lowland tropical rainforest preferring river floodplains that remain flooded for a few months a year in the Amazon Basin.

Behaviour

These tiny primates are active during the day, preferring the cooler mornings and late afternoons. Their range is typically quite small, focusing on one or two trees which supple the gum they need. When these trees stop producing enough gum to sustain them they will move on to another small area.

Breeding

Usually breeding twice a year, birthing twins each time. Only one female will breed but the rest of the group will carry the young when born so mum can forage freely.

Fun Facts

Pygmy marmosets are the smallest monkeys in the world, usually not weighing more than 110 grams

In terms of size just larger than an adult locust that they catch and relish eating!

At The Zoo

As of 2016 we just have the one individual in a mixed group of tamarins very near the start of the zoo trail. He is registered with the studbook and it is hoped to pair him in this year as the zoo has always successfully bred and exhibited this small but cute species!