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Emperor tamarin

Saguinus imperator

Emperor tamarins are small New World monkeys, a term which describes monkeys from South and Central America.

These small primates have striking long and white moustaches. It is believed that the emperor tamarin was jokingly named after the German Emperor Wilhelm II who sported similar facial hair.

Animal class


Conservation status

They are listed under Appendix II of CITES.




It is unknown how many are left in the wild exactly. It is believed that they are decline.


Omnivore. These tamarins eat fruits, flowers, nectar, gums and some small invertebrates.