Cotton-top Tamarin

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Cotton-top tamarins are a critically endangered small monkey that are found in the tropical forests of north west Colombia where they are an important seed disperser. Habitat loss and the illegal pet trade have been factors in the decline of this species. Prior to the ban on international trade of tamarins in 1976, tens of thousands of them were exported for biomedical research.

These highly social monkeys live in small familial groups in trees with foliage cover. They spend the day foraging, resting, travelling, and grooming, always on the lookout for potential predators.

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