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TWP Cotton-Top Tamarins

By Chris Taylor Monday, September 30, 2019

Greetings friends and welcome to this week’s blog about the cotton-top tamarin. Before we delve into that topic I would like to say farewell to the month of September. The air is becoming cooler. Soon the leaves will begin to change and the backdrop of Timbavati Wildlife Park will be outlined in beautiful autumn colors. It’s a great time to see the park. With that said, let’s take a look at our little friends the cotton-top tamarins.

Cotton-top tamarins hail from the forests of South America. Their most recognizable feature is their namesake, the white tuft of hair on their heads. These little creatures live in the trees for most of their lives. As one of the smallest primates on the planet they have an abundance of predators to watch out for. This makes the forest canopy a safe place to live and traverse. 

A Cotton-Top Troop Is Made Up Of Mostly Males

A cotton-top troop is made up of mostly males. The troop however is led by the eldest female. The cotton-top marks its territory by dragging its rear end down the trunk of a tree, leaving its scent on it. It will also rub its scent on its feet and climb up and down the trees. When opposing troops of cotton-tops meet they display aggression by displaying their rear ends to each other.

The cotton-top is an omnivore who lives on a diet of fruit, insects and rodents. The cotton-top also likes green plants, eggs, and tree sap. The gestation period for the female is 183 days. She then typically gives birth to a set of twins.

Timbavati Wildlife Park is home to many different species of animal. We’re a family friendly educational experience with hours of entertainment for you and your party. Visit us online to plan your trip today. Thanks and we’ll see you in the park.


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