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Emperor Tamarin

Emperor Tamarin

(Saguinus imperator)


The emperor tamarin is a small monkey found in South America. They are dark grey in colour, with yellow speckles on their chest. Their hands and feet are black and their tail is brown. Their main feature is their long white moustache, extending beyond their shoulders.

Habitat & Distribution

Southwest area of the Amazon rainforest, South America.


Their diet includes fruits, pollen, flowers, tree sap, insects and other small animals.


Life Span

Emperor tamarins have been known to live up to 20 years old.

Conservation Status

Emperor tamarins are considered to be endangered in Brazil and Peru, but in other areas they are thought to be more abundant. Logging by humans is the main reason they are in danger.