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Infants are usually carried by the father or older offspring when not being nursed by the mother. Mogo Zoo has a successful breeding program of CTTs

Quick Facts

Weight: 300-600gms

Size: Body length – 20-25cms

Number of offspring: 1 or 2 non-identical twin per year

Gestation: 140 days

Maturity: 18 months

Lifespan: 14 years

Predators: Snakes, birds of prey


Cotton-top tamarin

Saguinus oedipus


Humid tropical forest, dry deciduous forest, open woodland and secondary growth forest. Sensitive to habitat alterations.

Natural behavior

Diurnal; territorial using scent marks to define territory


Mottled gray-brown shoulders, back and rump. Hair on back of thighs and base of tail is red-brown. Recognised by a fan of long, white hair on their heads. Claw like nails


fragmented populations in Northwest Colombia


Omnivore; eating large amounts of insects, fruit and plant matter, tree sap, gum, nectar, small reptiles and nuts


Monogamous breeding systems where mating only occurs between the dominant male and female. Breeding is seasonal occurring from January to June. Fathers assist with births and carry the young when not being nursed by the mother. Sub-adults will assist in carrying and caring for young

Social structure

Social; living in small family groups of up to 15, usually consisting of a dominant breeding pair. Unique cooperative structure allowing sub-adults to gain breeding experience by assisting the dominant pair raise young, before breeding themselves


Habitat loss due to deforestation for agriculture and pasture. Illegal pet trade