The Emperor tamarin is a specie of tamarin which got the name for its resemblance to the German emperor Wilhelm ll. Yet, the name also occurred due to the monkey’s long and white-colored mustache. So, it is more than obvious why this primate is probably the most adorable tamarin.

Emperor tamarin

Where can we find the Emperor tamarin?

Endemic to the southwestern part of Amazon Basin, our friend occurs in southeast Peru, northwest Bolivia, and northwest Brazil. The population in Peru is mainly found in Acre, Purus, Jurua, and other river drainages. However, when it comes to the ideal habitat, the lowland tropical rainforest is a perfect choice. Here, our monkey enjoys the tree canopy of river basins. Yet, other suitable types of habitat include lower montane rainforests.

Emperor tamarin

How does the Emperor tamarin look?

Along with its long and interesting mustache, this magnificent primate has fine, silky, and grey fur with dull gold or reddish-orange tail. Heck, it even has a blackhead crown with white under-parts. However, individuals of both genders generally look alike. Since our friend is a New World monkey, it uses its claws for clinging to tree branches. Naturally, being great at it, the tamarin rarely touches the forest floor. Finally, as one of the smallest tamarins, the Emperor grows to 10 inches in length, and weigh about 18 oz.


Like its relative, the capuchin, the Emperor tamarin is also an omnivore, eating a wide range of specimens. Living in flourishing vegetation, our friend has great access to fruits and flowers. Moreover, from the trees it lives in, it gouges plants such as gums and saps. On the other hand, frogs, snails, insects, and small birds are the more concrete part of the diet.


Unlike many animals, here, the females are the ones who mate with multiple males. Well, they are more dominant. The breeding season occurs in April and May. After a gestation period of 140 to 145 days, the mother gives birth to two babies. Since these animals cherish their community, all members participate in raising young. Yet, males are busy with grooming the infants, whereas females have to clean the babies. After several weeks of learning to walk independently and taking solid food, young tamarins are ready to begin their own life.

Although small and cute, did you know the Emperor tamarin can develop a speed of even 24 miles per hour?

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