EMPEROR TAMARIN

Allegedly named after Wilhelm II, the German emperor’s whiskers are not a patch on the flowing white, curly-ended tashes sported by these diminutive but handsome primates. Emperor tamarins only measure around 25cm in length – double that if you include their orange-coloured tails – but they are well worth seeking out on a rainforest walk or from the vantage of a canopy lookout. Like many primates, they are attracted to fruiting trees, but emperor tamarins also feed on nectar, tree sap and insects such as katydids. Emperors invariably give birth to twins, carried jockey-style by the father.

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