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Cotton Top Tamarin
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National Zoo and Aquarium
999 Lady Denman Drive
Canberra, ACT

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Cotton Top Tamarin

Cotton Top Tamarin (Saguinus oedipus), also known as the Pinché Tamarin, is a small monkey weighing less than 0.5kg. Groups of Cotton top Tamarins usually include 3 - 9 individuals and have a life-span of around 13 years.

Females reach puberty at approx 15-17 months, however if they remain with their natal groups can be sexually suppressed (behaviourally and chemically ) up to 44 months preventing reproduction. For suppressed females to become reproductively viable they need to be introduced to a new (unrelated) male.

80% of their births are twins.

Did you know?
At first glance, looking more like something from the movie “Gremlins”, these small primates are very popular in the pet trade in the U.K. and U.S. Over a ten-year period, between 30,000 and 40,000 were exported to North America. The U.S. have now prohibited their importation
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Cotton Top Tamarin (Saguinus oedipus), also known as the Pinché Tamarin, is a small monkey from Columbia in South America
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Where is it located?
First Exhibit to the right of the entry
In the wild, Cotton Top Tamarins are omnivores and eat a wide range of foods including fruits, flowers, nectar and small animals such as frogs, snails, lizards, spiders and insects.
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