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Geoffroy's Tamarin

Geoffroys Tamarin
Geoffroy's Tamarin and baby by José R. Soto

Geoffroy´s Tamarin (Saguinus geoffroyi), also known as the Panamanian or Rufous-naped Tamarin, is a Callitrichid monkey similar to marmosets of South America, and the only tamarin species native to Central America. This small, squirrel-sized monkey has a mottled black and creamy-yellow back, a mostly white front and legs, and a long, black non-prehensile tail with red at the base. Geoffroy´s Tamarins inhabit humid tropical rainforests of eastern and central Panama, living predominantly in the sub-canopy and shrub levels. They feed on flowers, fruit and insects. One of their favorite foods is the flowers/fruit of the Cecropia tree. The Canopy Tower is surrounded by these trees and about three times daily, a family of 6 Tamarins comes around to feed (see picture), and you can see them right from the dining room—less than 20 feet away! They often announce their arrival by giving birdlike twitters or whistles, so always have your binoculars and cameras ready for this special moment. As this picture shows, the young are carried on the back of an adult member of the group, it can be either parent or another member of the family (in this case the young is being carried by a male). Females usually give birth to twins.

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