Emperor Tamarin

Emperor Tamarin in the chimpanzee house at Wingham Wildlife Park

Emperor Tamarin Natural History


The body and head length of these animals is around 25cm with a further 35cm added by their tail. It is a fairly small primate only weighing 300g – 400g.

Habitat and Distribution

This primate can be found in Peru, Bolivia and Brazil, where it lives in tropical rainforests, high in the canopy.


On average these animals can expect to live for 15 to 20 years.


A variety of fruits, flowers and nectars make up the majority of their diet but they will also feed on insects and gum and sap.

Groups and Breeding

Social creatures by nature, they live in groups of around 8 individuals, with these groups being female dominated. Generally only the dominant female will breed, giving birth to 1 or 2 babies after a gestation period of 145 days.


Currently this species is considered to be fairly safe from extinction (being classified as Least Concern by the IUCN), however due to massive deforestation in its natural habitat it is inevitable that the concerns about this species becoming endangered in the wild will grow, as the forests shrink.

Interesting facts

It is not uncommon for this species to live in groups with Brown Mantled Tamarins, with both species benefitting from the increased number of eyes keeping a look out for potential danger.

The Emperor Tamarin During Your Day Out in Kent

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