Emperor Tamarin

(Saguinus imperator)


Facts

Emperor Tamarin IUCN LEAST CONCERN (LC)

 

Facts about this animal

The emperor tamarin has a head and body length of 23-26cm, tail length of 35-41.5cm and a weight of 350-450 g.

 

It lives in groups of unrelated adults consistung of several males and females, and the main mating system is polyandry, with monogamy and polygyny being reported. The offspring are cared for by all adult group members, including the males. The emperor tamarin forms mixed-species associations with Saguinus fuscicollis.

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Factsheet
Class MAMMALIA
Order PRIMATES
Suborder SIMIAE
Family CALLITHRICHIDAE
Name (Scientific) Saguinus imperator
Name (English) Emperor Tamarin
Name (French) Tamarin empereur
Name (German) Kaiserschnurrbarttamarin
Name (Spanish) Tamarino emperador
Local names Brazil: Bigodeiro
CITES Status Appendix II
CMS Status Not listed

 

 

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Distribution

 


Distribution
Range Bolivia, Brazil, Peru
Habitat Tropical forest
Wild population The density in the Manu National Park was estimated at 8.1 individuals / kmĀ² (Red List IUCN 2011)
Zoo population 242 reported to ISIS (2006)

In the Zoo

Emperor Tamarin

 

How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 31 of the  IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.

 

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Why do zoos keep this animal

Not much is known about the wild population of the Emperor tamarin, but its habitat is shrinking. With a view of building up a viable reserve population, an International Studbook has been established already in 1971 under the WAZA umbrella, and coordinated conservation breeding programmes are operated at the regional level by EAZA and JAZA.