The Monkey Emperor!
We love to monkey around don’t you! Yesterday we met a monkey from Asia, today we’re heading all the way to South America to meet a very small monkey with great facial hair!
- The Emperor Tamarin lives in South American in rainforest habitats. They live in the canopy of the trees.
- Emperor tamarins are 9-10 inches and long and weigh around 1 lb. Their tails can grow as long as 16 inches.
- Those long tails are not prehensile, but they do help with balance while the emperor tamarins go through the tree tops.
- Emperor tamarins are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN.
- These omnivores eat fruit, flowers, insects and small animals.
- Emperor tamarins spend about 20% of their day foraging for food.
- They are known to do this with troops of other tamarin species.
- Female emperor tamarins often give birth to two twins. They can be very labor intensive to raise.
- Emperor tamarins are very vocal. They use many different sounds to communicate with each other. They have warning calls for predators. They have a warning call for air predators and a different one for ground predators.
Emperor tamarins are one of our favorites! They are very gregarious primates! And that facial hair makes them so regal looking!