Tracking tamarins can be tricky. They are small and fast, and you have to earn their trust while trying to distinguish each near-identical animal from the next. To achieve this, we use an annual mark-recapture program, behavioral observations, tracking technology, and genetics.
Tamarins are primates (family, Callitrichidae) known for their miniature stature and complex, female-dominant social systems.
They have hirsute faces and are very hard to distinguish from each other. No sexual dichromatism is present in the species’ pelage.
They produce twin offspring over 90% of the time. These dizygotic or fraternal twins are more closely related on average due to genetic chimerism
Emperor tamarins (Saguinus imperator), known for their fantastic mustaches, are also fierce creatures, despite their size.
Saddleback tamarins (Leontocebus weddelli) are milder in temperament. They are the most widely ranging tamarin species in the Amazon.
Goeldi’s monkey (Callimico goeldii) is a rare and cryptic primate occasionally observed at our site. They are larger, quieter, and fond of fungus.