A red-bellied tamarin perched on a log

Red-bellied tamarin

Saguinus labiatus
Conservation Status IUCN
Least Concern

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    Animal Class
    Mammal, Primate
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    Primary and secondary rainforest,typically inhabit the middle section of the tree canopy.
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    Omnivore – Fruit makes up approximately 60% of their diet. They will eat nectar and insects during the dry season.
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    Conservation Status
    Least concern – There is no evidence of major threats to populations of red-bellied tamarins.
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  • Introduction

    Red-bellied tamarins, also known as Red-chested moustached tamarins.

    Red-belied tamarins are mostly dark brown with red marks on their belly and chest. The white “moustache” around the nose and mouth gives them a distinctive appearance.

    The males and females look the same making them a monomorphic species. They are a relatively small New World monkey that are active during the day and spending their time the trees.

    Red-bellied tamarins live in social groups of up to 15 individuals consisting of a breeding male and female, their offspring, and other male helpers.

    Red-bellied tamarins play an important role in the ecosystem, that they inhabit. By eating fruits, they carry out seed dispersal and therefore contribute to the healthy growth of plants in the rain forest.

    Size: Red-bellied tamarins range from 23-29 cm in length and can weigh between 350 and 575 grams. The females are usually

  • Threats/ Conservation

    Least concern

    There is no evidence for any major threats, but habitat loss may have negative impacts on some of its range.

    Emerald Park conservation contribution:


    Red-bellied tamarins are part of the EAZA Ex-situ Programme (EEP). This means that their population is managed to ensure that there are heathy individuals within EAZA member zoos should there be the requirement of reintroductions, to the wild, in the future.

  • Habitat

    Squirrel monkey

    Red-bellied Tamarins are from South America, they occur in the primary and secondary rainforest of the Amazon in Brazil, Bolivia, and Peru.

  • Fun Facts

    They are arboreal animals, living in the trees, and will typically inhabit the middle section of the canopy.

    Red-bellied tamarins are known to form associations with other callitrichids, such as Goeldi’s monkeys. By living together this gives both species a stronger defence of their home-range.