Common Marmoset

Common Marmoset baby at Wingham Wildlife Park by les Willis

Common Marmoset Natural History


Adults range from 14cm to 18cm reaching an adult weight of around 400g.

Habitat and Distribution.

This animal which originally had a range across Northwestern areas of Brazil, however due to introduction in the 1920s it now also has a distribution through Southeastern Brazil.


The average lifespan of this species is 10 years however they have been recorded living as long as 16 years.

Around 25% to 30% of their time is spent searching for food to fill their diet of tree sap, eggs, small mammals & birds and a variety of insects.

Groups and Breeding.

These social animals live in groups of 4 to 15 individuals, made up of mated adults and their young. These animals have a strict social order and all will take part in raising the young, however there is no strict mating pattern in which all individuals may mate depending on their social standing. After mating the gestation period for this species is around 150 days. A family group can have a territory range of around 74 acres.


Even though it has been extensively collected for the pet trade its numbers remain very steady and since its introduction to a new range it has flourished so much in inner city areas such as Rio De Janeiro that it is in places considered a pest.

Interesting fact’s.

Unlike most primates this species does not have toe nails, but instead has claws.

 The Common Marmoset During Your Day Out in Kent

The common marmosets at Wingham Wildlife Park can be seen upstairs in the chimpanzee house. This area is also home to cotton topped tamarins, emperor tamarins, red handed tamarins, southern three banded armadillos, African pygmy hedgehogs, Senegal bush babies, Linnaeus two toed sloth, southern tamandua and a plantain squirrel.