Cotton-top Tamarin

These animals lick leaves wet with rain or dew to meet their water needs, rather than expose themselves to predation by leaving the treetops.

Cotton-top tamarins live in family groups comprised of a breeding pair and their offspring of several years. Bringing up the young is a family affair, with both parents and other members of the group sharing food with and carrying youngsters.

Central America
South America

At A Glance


Tropical forest edges and secondary forests


Fruit, insects, new leaves and buds, small lizards and nectar


Columbia and Panama