Emperor Tamarin (Saguinus imperator)

emperor tamarin

Emperor tamarins (saguinus imperator) are small monkeys native to the southwest Amazon Basin. They are easily identified by their long, white whiskers that look like a mustache. They looks like a real emperor with its fabulous mustache. It is believed that they were called like this because of the resemblance of the mustache that of the German emperor Wilhelm ll.

The size of this cute little thing is only about 10 inches, or 26 centimeters. But the tail can be up to 16 inches or 40cm long. They live in group of 4 to 20 animals, and often give birth to twins. They are not completely vegetarian, beside flowers, nectar and fruits Tamarin feed on insects and gum.  Emperor Tamarins live for 10 to 20 years.

Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Callitrichidae
Genus and Species: Saguinus imperator

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