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The Cotton Top Tamarin of Timbavati Wildlife Park

By Chris Taylor Monday, October 17, 2016

Greetings and salutations friends of Timbavati Wildlife Park and welcome to the week of the Cotton Top Tamarin. Our little friends hail from the forests of South America. Their most recognizable feature is their namesake, the Cotton Top. These little creatures live in the trees for most of their lives, I guess it’s probably best as they are diminutive in stature and probably pretty low on the food chain. I mean South America has spiders big enough to take down this little critter.

More About The Cotton Top Tamarin

Known to be some of the smallest primates on the planet, their average weight is about a pound. They live in groups that are called troops. A troop is made up mostly of males and is led by the eldest female. The cotton top is an omnivore who lives on a diet of fruit, insects and rodents. They also likes green plants eggs and tree sap.

The cotton top marks its territory by dragging its rear end down the trunk of a tree and leaving its scent on it. It will also rub its scent on its feet and climb up and down the trees with that scent on it. I mean they take the rear end seriously, when two opposing groups of cotton tops meet they display of aggression is to show each other their rear ends. That’s a mean bit of drama there lol.

Their gestation period is 183 days and a female usually gives birth to twins at the end of that cycle.

The next time you’re in Timbavati Wildlife Park, stop in our nursery and say hello to our cotton top tamarins. Here are more fun facts in this week’s video.

 

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