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Cotton-top Tamarin

Saguinus oedipus

Cotton top tamarins are found in rainforests and open woodlands of Columbia.

IN THE WILD – Fruit, insects, sap, fallen eggs, nectar, small invertebrates and seeds
IN THE ZOO – Fruit and insects


  • Live in groups that consist of 2 to 14 tamarins
  • Groups are led by the oldest female
  • Forage by day and sleep in a tree at night
  • While the others sleep, one tamarin stays on guard to protect from predators • Each group member is groomed equally in order to maintain their bond
  • Use scent marking to secure their territory