Body size up to 22cm with a tail of 26-34cm.
The diet of the tamarin in the wild is fruit,flowers, nectar, plant sap, spiders, snails, insects, lizards and birds. When the young start to take solid food it is prepared for them by the father who squashes it in his fingers.
Male and female tamarins take it in turns to carry the young until they can get around on their own after about two months.
Written by DP
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|Ellacombe Primary Year 6 January 2003
|DP Ellacombe Primary Year 6 Jan 2003
|colour photograph; 152 mm x 229 mm
|Paignton Zoo. Conservation. Breeding
|breeding rare breeds conservation tamarin