5 Interesting Facts About Emperor Tamarins

emperor tamarin

I wonder if Jack Riewoldt can grow a moustache as impressive as an emperor tamarin?

In Australia for the month of November, many men grow a moustache to raise awareness and money for men’s health issues such as prostate cancer and mental health.  They call it Movember and a few of my favourite football players from Richmond are doing it this year (you can find more details here), so today, I would like to write about emperor tamarins as I think that they have the coolest moustaches in the animal kingdom.

Here are five interesting facts about them:

  1. These cute little guys only grow to about 26 cm long, plus a tail that is 40 cm long.
  2. The emperor tamarin got its name because their moustache makes them look like German Emperor Wilhelm II.
  3. They live in groups of between 4-20 animals.  They also often find themselves in groups with Weddell’s saddle-back tamarins, foraging for food together.  They eat a range of food, including fruits, flowers, nectar, frogs, snails, insects and even small birds.
  4. When they have babies, they often give birth to twins.  Other members of the family help to look after the babies.
  5. They are found in the forests of Peru, Brazil and Bolivia and are very common throughout their range.

I hope that you found these facts interesting and learned something new.

Are there any other interesting facts that you would like to share about emperor tamarins?

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