IUCN STATUS: Least concern
Found in the tropical forest of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. The pygmy marmosets are the smallest species of monkey, at only 13cm. The head of new-born infants is the size of the head of a toothbrush! Pygmy marmosets are a very vocal species with up to 15 different calls. They communicate with other group members through facial expressions, posture and a high-pitched trilling call. They live in family groups of between five and nine individuals with one male, a female and their offspring. Only one female will breed in the group producing twins twice a year. Infants are cared for by everyone in the group. It is the males who carry the infants, returning them to the female for nursing. The infants are totally dependent on their parents for the first two weeks and are weaned fully at three months old.
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We care for over 400 animals across 50 species. Our expert keepers look after the incredible animals that call our 100 acre park home, day in and day out and welcome you to take a peek into a world where the animals really do come first.