Cincinnati Zoo

The emperor tamarin (Saguinus imperator) is a small, tree-dwelling monkey that lives in extended family groups. Weighing only a pound or so, the tamarin is lightweight enough to forage for fruit and insects on the outermost tips of tree branches.


  • Pronunciation: TAM-uh-rin
  • Where to see them: Western South America
  • Height: 9 to 10 in
  • Weight: 1 lb
  • Lifespan: 15 to 20 yrs in captivity
  • Habitat: Rainforest
  • Diet: Fruit, flowers, nectar, gum, and small animals
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