Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Creature Feature #213: Emperor Tamarin

The Emperor Tamarin owes his common name to German Emperor, Wilhelm II, due to his rather proud moustache. He is found in montane forests, high in the treetops, feeding on fruit and flowers, as well as sap and the occasional small animal, such as an insect or frog. His extended family group is called a "troop" and is lead by the breeding female and a dominant male (not necessarily the father of her offspring). Only one female breeds, and she will mate with multiple males, who all assist in raising the infants.