The Monkey Emperor!

The Monkey Emperor!

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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!

emperor tamarin

  • 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.

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Emperor tamarins are one of our favorites! They are very gregarious primates! And that facial hair makes them so regal looking!

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5 thoughts on “The Monkey Emperor!

  1. dangrdafne

    Mocha says he wants facial hair just like this. We might have to see what we can do to help him achieve this. Maybe this year’s Halloween costume 😉

  2. Aw 😍 Can you imagine this guy PLUS the hair of a Cotton Top Tamirand?! #CutestMonkeyEver

  3. I mean Tamarin…it won’t let me edit 😉

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