Cotton-top Tamarin

Latin name Saguinus oedipus
Class Mammals
Order Primates
Family Callitrichidae
Habitat Rainforest
Distribution North West Colombia
IUCN Status Critically Endangered (CITES Appendix 1)

General Information

Cotton-top tamarins are a small primate weighing less than 500gms and live in small family groups with a dominant breeding pair. Cotton-tops are one of the most endangered primates in the world. Their name arises from the white mane of hair which they can puff up when they are alarmed to make them look bigger. This rain-forest dweller is diurnal, active in the daytime and omnivorous with a diet of fruit, flowers, gum, insects and invertebrates.

Threats: Habitat destruction.

Lifespan: up to 25 years in captivity

Fun Fact

Cotton-top tamarins are usually born in twins and it is dad that carries them around on his back instead of mum!

Keeper Notes

We have four cotton tops here at Battersea Park Zoo, having arrived in June 2019 from Blackpool zoo we are excited to continue supporting this critically endangered species. Siblings: Dora, Diego, Nelly and Nora are very cheeky and can often be seen sunbathing together and grooming each other! We are proud to support Proyecto titi, the charity working to save the remaining wild cotton top tamarins. Please don't hesitate to ask a colleague if you would like to help support this iconic Columbian species.