Tamarins, Tamarin Pictures, Facts, and Information

Pictures of six different species of Tamarins (a New World monkey).

Animal: Tamarin

Species: The pictures below depict the Cotton Top Tamarin, Emperor Tamerin, Golden Lion Tamarin, Bearded Tamarin, and Geoffroy's Tamarin. However, aside from those species, there are approximately 19 species of Tamarin.

Lifespan: Though the actual lifespan of Tamarins varies from spcies to species, on average, the wild Tamarin lives to be about 15 years old.

Size & Weight: Once again, the size and weight of a Tamrin depends upon the species. Tamarins are usually between 8 and 17 inches and weight between 1 and 2 lbs.

Habitat: Tamrins are found in Central and South America. They live in the trees of the tropical rain forests. Different species prefer different layers of the canopy and have differently sized ranges that they will live in.

Family Life:  Tamarins live in groups, but the numbers in each group varies from specie to specie. Some Tamarins live in groups of 3 or 4. Others live in larger groups of 40 members. Tamarins are territorial and mark their boundaries with their scent glands. They also chirp and whistle and sound quite similar to birds. When a baby Tamarin is born, the father is the primary caretaker. He carries around his young, brings it to the mother to nurse, and protects it.

Diet: Tamrains eat fruit, nectar, leaves, insects, and small vertebrates such as lizards and frogs.

*Fun Facts*

  • Tamarin's vocalizations sound much like birds.
  • Tamarins are about the same size as squirrels