posted: 04/29/14
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Allow me to introduce Myself: I'm a Tamarin!

Where You'll Most Likely Find Me: South America, particularly southeastern Brazil. Also trees and rainforests in that region. Because of our endangered status, zoos are where you'll find many of us.

What I Like to Eat: Fruits, plants, spiders and other insects, eggs, small birds, and other animal prey.

Betcha Didn't Know This About Me: Our meals are shared among each tamarin in the group either by love or by force - which is what we refer to as tolerated stealing.

Who We Are : We are a minute species of the monkey family that are known for our fluffy crests and colorful manes. We are no bigger than your average squirrel measuring about six to ten inches in length and weighing no more than 25 pounds. There are four species of tamarins: Golden lion tamarins, golden-headed lion tamarins, black lion tamarins and black-faced lion tamarins. The golden lion tamarin is the most popular because of its colorful golden mane.

Treetops: Our preferred method of traveling is jumping from tree to tree where we spend time because it's easier for us to find our food sources and defend our territory. When necessary, we also will travel on the ground on all fours.

Group: Male tamarins are active in child rearing. We live in groups under 10 with one breeding male in the group with several females. About 10 days after birth, the father starts to help caring for the young often times carrying it on his back. He will give the baby back to its mother when it's time for her to nurse, but he plays a key role in their growth and development.

Endangered: All four species are on the endangered list.

Predators: Humans exploit us and erode our habitat. Sometimes they abuse us and turn us into street performers or sell us to the illegal pet trade. In the wild, we fear jaguars, hawks, weasels and large snakes.

Watch Us Go: You can see a live cam featuring Golden Lion Tamarins on Animal Planet Live!

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