Emperor tamarin

Saguinus imperator

PZ Emp Tams Xmas Enrich 12 20 AD LR 11
IUCN Conservation Status –
Least Concern
Extinct In The Wild
Class: Mammals
Order: Primates
Family: Callithrichidae

The Monkey Heights exhibit at the zoo is home to our group of emperor tamarins.

Emperor tamarins are endemic to lowland tropical forests of the southwestern part of the Amazon Basin, in countries such as Bolivia, Brazil and Peru.

Their diet is primarily made up of fruit, nectar and sap.

Interesting facts!

  • This New World monkey is said to be named after Wilhelm II, an emperor of Germany, who had a very long white moustache!
  • These tamarins often exhibit communal care, so all adults within the social group would help to rear any infants.
  • Vocalisations are important in the emperor tamarin world, being their main form of communication.


As with many other tamarin species, habitat destruction of their forest habitat is the main threat. Its numbers are decreasing but the wild population is currently stable.