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(Saguinus Oedipus)
Class: Mammal
Order: Primate
Status: Critically Endangered
Diet: Omnivorous
Weight: 400 – 500g

Cotton-Top Tamarins are among the smallest of the primates. They are found in the secondary forests of Costa Rica to north western Columbia.
They live off fruit, flowers, tree sap and insects.
The father assists at the birth by receiving the young and carrying the babies (usually twins) most of the time. The older siblings also help with rearing and carrying the babies.
Cotton-Top troops can vary between 2 to 13 individuals. They are led by the oldest female and the troop consists of mostly males.
The Cotton-Top’s natural enemies are wild cats, birds of prey and snakes.
Apart from the pet trade, bush clearance and human encroachment has caused them a 75% habitat loss.

Nikon D700 70-200 f2.8 lens handheld
ISO 400 f8 @140mm 1/160th sec
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tamarin, baby, primate, south america, endangered, ian english

I’m a Sydney based photographer. Photographic interests are the outdoors, people, action, HDR and creative works as well as pretty much everything I guess.

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  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 1 year ago

    What an endearing scene, Ian!

  • Thanks Mel :))

    – Ian English

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randallover 1 year ago

    Superb image Ian. Clarity is great and you certainly have the attention of the baby.

  • Thanks a lot Steve !!

    – Ian English

  • Rodney Wratten
    Rodney Wrattenover 1 year ago

    Another Great photo, just look at those eyes and the colour fantastic A Inst. Favorite

  • Hey Rod, thanks a lot mate !!

    – Ian English

  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 1 year ago

    Sooooo adorable,,,great capture with beautiful clarity and detail!!!

  • Wendi Donaldson
    Wendi Donaldsonover 1 year ago

    OH my!! This is wonderful, Ian!! :)

  • Hi Wendi, thanks so much !!!

    – Ian English

  • Karen  Betts
    Karen Bettsover 1 year ago

    This is just lovely real sense of love and care. What a lovely face the little one has.

  • Thanks very much Karen !! You gotta love any babies as they have such innocence and inquisitiveness :))

    – Ian English

  • Jane  mcainsh
    Jane mcainshover 1 year ago

  • Thanks so much Jainie :))

    – Ian English

  • Dianne English
    Dianne Englishover 1 year ago

    Sometimes images are just toooo cute, a wonderful shot Ian :) x

  • Thanks to you Di x

    – Ian English

  • carol brandt
    carol brandtover 1 year ago

    another stunner ian … you’re a bloody master !

  • Don’t know about that Carol, but I’m working on it LOL. Thanks heaps !!

    – Ian English

  • Kristen O'Brian
    Kristen O'Brianover 1 year ago


  • Thanks very much for the feature Kristen :))

    – Ian English

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