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Monkey: Tamarin: Emperor tamarin

Sanguinus imperator subgriscens
Mammal

IUCN Status
Classed as ‘least concern” by the IUCN. Emperor tamarins are being captivity bred through a European Endangered Species Programme, so should the need ever arise to reintroduce them there will be a suitable population to do so. Currently their biggest thre



Diet

They are opportunistic feeders eating what they can when they can. Whilst this is usually fruits, flowers, nectar, frogs, snails and insects they will sometimes even eat small birds!

Habitat

Populations are concentrated in the south-western Amazon region living in the tree canopy of lowland tropical rainforest.

Behaviour

Emperor tamarins have been seen in the wild in groups upwards of 20, and whilst most will be related there will be some unrelated individuals who move between different groups.

Breeding

Like most tamarins this species usually gives birth to twins, and they are heavy. At birth babies can weigh about 25% of their mother’s weight. Although there will be only one breeding male and female everyone will help raise the young.

Fun Facts

They are named after Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany who had a similar moustache.

At The Zoo

We have one old lady emperor tamarin who due to her age has special care and her youngest son for company. We have bred many of this species for the studbook population but for now our current pair will not be breeding. You can find our Emperors down in the marmoset house (enclosure 18 on the trail).