Emperor Tamarin

Latin name Saguinus imperator subgrisescens
Class Mammals
Order Primates
Family Callitrichidae
Habitat Rainforest
Distribution Peru, Bolivia, Brazil
IUCN Status Least Concern (CITES Appendix 1)

General Information

Emperor tamarins are a small primate with a long white moustache. They are diurnal, active in the daytime and arboreal (tree-dwelling), living in family groups with a dominant breeding female. A highly territorial animal, emperor tamarins flick their tongues when they feel threatened. As omnivores, their diet consists of fruit, leaves, sap, small insects, rodents and occasionally eggs.

Threats: Habitat destruction

Lifespan: 17 years in captivity

Fun Fact

Emperor tamarins are so named because of their long white moustaches, which resembled the moustache of the German Emperor Wilhelm II. However it’s not just the boys that have moustaches – so do the girls!

Keeper Notes

Our Emperor tamarins are part of an EEP (European Breeding Programme). Some of our previous offspring have been sent to New Zealand and Sweden as part of the EEP. We currently have 2 males - Thunder and Lightning!