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:
- These cute little guys only grow to about 26 cm long, plus a tail that is 40 cm long.
- The emperor tamarin got its name because their moustache makes them look like German Emperor Wilhelm II.
- 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.
- When they have babies, they often give birth to twins. Other members of the family help to look after the babies.
- 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?