(Saguinus imperator subgrisescens)
Status: Least Concern
Weight: Average 500g
Can be found throughout the rainforests of Brazil, Peru and Bolivia. The Emperor Tamarin’s diet consists of fruit, flowers, tree sap, insects, small lizards, frogs, snails and spiders.
They are very sociable animals and you will find them in troops of between 2 to 8 members.
Twins are usually born after a gestation period of about 145 days. The whole family helps with rearing the young.
It is believed that Emperor Tamarins were named after the German Emperor Wilhelm II who had the long white moustache.
Their natural enemies are cats, birds of prey, and snakes.
Deforestation and the pet trade are the main causes for their rapidly declining numbers.
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