Saving the Cotton-top Tamarins

Cotton-top Tamarins, Saguinus Oedipus are among the most endangered primates in the world. Named for the white hair that sits on top of their heads and flows down past their neck, these tiny monkeys are only found in north-western Colombia and face destruction of their habitat for cattle ranching, agriculture and urban development.

With only 7,500 cotton-tops remaining in the wild, the Alexandra Park Zoo is playing an important role in the conservation of this species by taking part in the Australasian Species Management Program (ASMP) run by the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA).  

Through educational talks to schools and community groups and collection of data about the species, the Alexandra Park Zoo regularly contributes to international discussions and recovery projects surrounding this species.

Come to the Alexandra Park Zoo and see why these monkeys have been named the cutest in South America!

South america map with tamarin