Black Tailed Marmoset

Black tailed Marmoset with baby at Wingham Wildlife Park

Black Tailed Marmoset Natural History


This species has a length of up to 29 cm (12 inches), weighing just 400 g (14 ounces).

Habitat and Distribution

The rainforests of South America from Brazil to Bolivia and Paraguay. 


12 years in the wild but can live for over 16 years in captivity.


These primates eat some insects, eggs and fruit. However, the majority of their diet is made up of tree sap, which they get by chewing holes into the bark of a tree.

Groups and Breeding

These marmosets live in groups ranging from 3-15 individuals. However, their group members usually number 8-13 individuals. Only one female in the group will breed. Twins are often born after a gestation period of about 145 days which the father will help to carry and care for. Offspring wean at 2 months and are mature from 18 months to 2 years of age.


This is a wide spread and commonly seen species listed as least concern by the IUCN. However, like most rainforest species, deforestation does put them at risk.

Interesting facts

Black tailed marmosets are the only species of marmoset to naturally live outside of the Amazon rainforest.

The Black Tailed Marmoset During Your Day Out in Kent

The black tailed marmosets at Wingham Wildlife Park are next to the goeldi’s monkeys opposite the white cheeked gibbons. Our pair have had several young and so may have offspring with them when you visit.