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


Opening hours

The Zoo is open Wednesday to Sunday 9.30am - 4.30pm outside of the Queensland school holidays. During the Queensland school holidays the Zoo is open every day. The Zoo is closed on ANZAC Day (Tuesday 25 April 2023) and Christmas Day (Monday 25 December 2023). Entry is free. Pets are not permitted in the zoo.

Contact Alexandra Park Zoo

Open Wednesday to Sunday, 9.30am to 4.30pm.

Address: 29 Quay St, corner Quay and Burrum Streets
Bundaberg West QLD 4670

Telephone: 1300 883 699