Emperor Tamarin

Common Name:

Emperor tamarin

Scientific Name:

Saguinus imperator

Wild Status:

Least Concern


Amazonian lowland


Peru, Bolivia, Brazil


upper & middle tree canopies

Life Span:

Wild: 15-20 years


Height: 9-10"

Cool Facts:

  • Emperor tamarins are omnivores. Their main source of food is fruit, but will eat insects, nectar, leaves, and gum.
  • Some Emperor tamarins live with mixed-species groups.
  • Male Emperor tamarins help with the birth. They will wash newborns themselves.
  • Emperor tamarin infants are carried by adults in the group for 6-7 weeks.
  • They have claws on all of their fingers and toes, except for the big toe.


Taxonomic Breakdown:

Kingdom: Animalia Phylum: Chordata Class: Mammalia Order: Primates Suborder: Haplorhini Infraorder: Simiiformes Family: Callitrichidae Genus: Saguinus Species: S. imperator

Conservation & Helping:

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