Monkey: Tamarin: Red-handed tamarin
Sanguinus m. midas
Although this species is classed as ‘least concern” by the IUCN there has been a noted decline in recent years of numbers in rainforest habitat due to deforestation.
The majority of their diet is fruits, green plants, and insects but they also enjoy reptiles, small rodents, eggs and tree sap making them omnivores.
Rainforest, savannah forest and white-sand forests in Brazil, Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname, and Venezuela.
These primates live in troops of 4 -16 in the wild, with the oldest female being in charge. They are active during the day, preferring to stay up in the trees.
Breeding usually occurs between April and July and after and gestation of four to five months often results in twins.
These primates love climbing and jumping! They spend most of their time in trees but when needed can jump over 60 feet to the ground!
At The Zoo
Our “Midas monkeys” have been separated into males and females to prevent any more breeding (2015 studbook requirement). You can watch them in their outside exhibits catching any flying insects that venture too close!