Tamarins (Saguinus/Leontopithecus) are small monkeys that lives in the forest.  They range in colors from black, brown or red.  Tamarins use their scent glands for marking their territory by rubbing them against an object.  Unfortunately many of them are endangered but they’ve bred well in captivity.   Here you will find more information about keeping tamarins in captivity.

Cotton Top Tamarin
Cotton-Top Tamarin
(Saguinus Oedipus)
(c) Renee
Golden Lion Tamarin
Golden Lion Tamarin
(Leontopithecus rosalia)
(c) Ivan Crab
Emperor Tamarin
Emperor Tamarin
(Saguinus Emperator)
Moustached Tamarin
Moustached Tamarin
(Saguinus Mistax)
Red Handed Tamarin
Red Handed Tamarin
(Saguinus Midas)
Saddle Back Tamarin
Saddle-back Taramin
(Saguinus Fuscicollis Emperator)


Tamarin Care Sheets

General Information





Tamarin Species:

Bare-faced tamarin (Saguinus bicolor)
Black and red tamarin (Saguinus nigricollis)
Black-mantle tamarin (Saguinus nigricollis)
Cotton-top tamarin (Saguinus oedipus)
Emperor tamarin (Saguinus imperator)
Golden lion tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia rosalia)
Midas tamarin (Saguinus midas)
Mottle-faced tamarin (Saguinus inustus)
Moustached tamarin (Saguinus mystax)
Negro tamarin (Saguinus midas)
Pied tamarin (Saguinus bicolor)
Red-capped tamarin (Saguinus mystax pileatus)
Red-chested tamarin (Saguinus labiatus)
Red-handed tamarin (Saguinus midas)
Rio Napo tamarin (Saguinus graellsi)
Rufous-naped tamarin (Saguinus geoffreyi)
Saddle-back tamarin (Saguinus fuscicollis)
White-footed tamarin (Saguinus leucopus)
White-lipped tamarin (Saguinus labiatus)

How to diaper a monkey

March 1, 2015 5:45 am

how to diaper a monkey

Amongst primate owners, the most commonly known method of diapering is the tail hole method but more and more primate owners are switching over to the tail wrap method. Since I’ve used both methods myself and don’t really have a particular preference, I reached out to other primate owners to find out why they prefer one method over the other. Before we go into more details, I’ve recorded a short video to demonstrate the difference between both methods. After that we’ll talk about diaper covers, different diaper brands, and what monkey parents are doing to prevent diaper rash.


Posted in baboon, bush baby, capuchin, chimpanzee, gibbon, macaque, marmoset, owl monkeys, primate care, savanna monkey, squirrel monkeys, tamarin

The kiss of death

November 14, 2012 2:29 pm

These are snippets out of the diary of Louie, our marmoset, with the hopes that it one day saves the life of another marmoset or tamarin.

It was September 2009 and we finally went to the long awaited exotic animal auction located in Macon Missouri. 4 times a year Lollibros organizes an exotic animal auction where you can find all kinds of exotic animals for sale, including primates.

After waiting for 6 hours, we were finally able to bid on a male common marmoset monkey.  While the bidding process was a bit stressful, we eventually bought Louie below market value which was of course the reason we decided to buy at an auction instead of a breeder.  There are risks associated with buying at an exotic animal auctions but it was one I was willing to take.  On our way home Louie had a blast running around in circles exploring his new environment.


Posted in marmoset, tamarin

Environmental Enrichment in Captive Marmosets and Tamarins

December 29, 2011 11:37 pm

By Dr. Hannah Buchanan-Smith

The author discusses the three main criteria which constitute a good captive environment.  They are: good physical health, breeding success, and an animal’s ability to acquire and retain behavioral skills needed to cope successfully with his or her natural environment. Through her field studies, the author has learned that a variety in diet, innovative foraging devices, indoor/outdoor enclosures, natural settings, and a comfortable social environment are vital for the well-being of captive primates. She illustrates how altering conditions can promote natural behaviors in captive marmosets and tamarins. more...

Posted in enrichment, marmoset, tamarin

The feeding of Primates

December 29, 2011 8:34 pm

By Ivan Crab

During recent years, the feeding of PRIMATES has undergone significant changes, as more has been discovered about their nutritional needs.   The pets market of today provide different “monkey pellets” , pelleted diets they are usually well balanced but they can not by given at the expense of a varied diet.

It is no coincidence that when breeding began in earnest during the 1950s, it was the OLD WORLD species which reproduced most successfully in collections. This is because MONKEYS such as the MACACA species were best-suited to thrive and breed on a diet composed of little more than vegetables and fruits.

The needs of other species are more complex. Certainly in captivity they thrive when offered a diet which contains a relatively high proportion of vegetables and fruit. more...

Posted in baboon, bush baby, capuchin, feeding, gibbon, lemur, macaque, marmoset, owl monkeys, squirrel monkeys, tamarin

Marmosets and Squirrel Monkeys don’t mix!

October 12, 2011 6:24 pm

It is known among big breeders and it’s time that you know it too.  Marmosets, Tamarins or Owl monkeys cannot be put together with squirrel monkeys.

Squirrel monkeys are the carrier of the herpes saimiri virus, which is deadly for marmosets, tamarins and owl monkeys.  Once they are infected, death can occur within 24 hours.  A squirrel monkey who carries herpes saimiri, doesn’t show any symptoms and unfortunately testing for this virus are not conclusive.

A big breeder told me once that he lost a whole colony of marmosets within a few days caused by this virus although his squirrels and marmosets were housed far from each other.

The problem is that you cannot see the virus.  It can be spread by handling the food, dishes or toys touched by a squirrel monkey.  Just walking from one cage to the other can cause the infection already. more...

Posted in marmoset, owl monkeys, squirrel monkeys, tamarin

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