One of the most endangered primates in the world, the cotton-top tamarin is a small New World monkey native to the tropical forests of northwestern Colombia, South America.
As omnivores, cotton-top tamarins eat a wide variety of food in the wild from fruits, leaves and nectar to insects, spiders and lizards.
This tamarin is a Critically Endangered species, with deforestation being their greatest threat. It has already lost most of its habitat through forest clearing for timber, charcoal, human settlement, agricultural land and industry.
The cotton-top tamarin population within European zoos is cooperatively managed, our our females are part of the EAZA ex-situ breeding programme (EEP).