Cape May County Park and Zoo
707 Route 9 North - Cape May Court House, NJ 08210
Exit 11 off the Garden State Parkway
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Cotton Top Tamarin

Latin Name: Saguinus oedipus

Other Name: Cotton Headed Tamarin

Habitat and Range: Can be found in Humid and Dry forests of Northwest Columbia

Life Span: 10-13 years in the wild, and up to 20 years in captivity

Gestation: A female Cotton-top can give birth at 18 months of age. At birth the infants are carried by the parents or other family members. The mother will carry the infant only when nursing. Otherwise the other members of the family will carry and care for the infant.

 Diet: Omnivore– insects, fruit, nectar, frogs, lizards, and bird eggs

Characteristics: They live in a family of groups of 2-13, within these groups they all raise the infants, a process called alloparenting. This type of cooperative parenting is only found in 3 types of primates, Tamarins, Marmosets and Humans

IUCN Status: Critically Endangered 2014

Conservation: They are critically endangerd due to habitiat loss, 80% of Cotton-top habitat has been lost in Northwest Columbia in the last 20 years

Did you Know: These New World Monkeys are immediately identified by the tuff of white hair on their head that is their namesake


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