Found: Colombia S.A. rain forests
Weight: 1 to 2 pounds
Diet: Vegetation, fruits, insects, eggs
Life Span: 10-15 years
About the size of a squirrel, they are one of the most endangered primates in the world. The species was declared endangered in 1973 following the exportation of 20,000-40,000 tamarins to the United States for use in biomedical research of colonic adenocarcinoma. Today the greatest threat is deforestation for agriculture, fuel, and housing. Zoo's are instrumental in helping restore native populations. Through the efforts of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association Species Survival Plan more than 300 cotton-top tamarins are cooperatively managed in more than 80 U.S. zoos.