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Cotton-top Tamarin Currently listed as Critically Endangered there are believed to be less than 6000 of these beautiful little monkeys left in the wild. Initially they were used for medical research which severely decimated their numbers, but they are now protected by law. However they are still suffering and their numbers depleting due to deforestation in their native Columbia.<br />
There are however possibly more of these in the captivity than in the wild  due to conservation activities so there is always hope that one day these numbers could be reversed.<br />
There are thousands of animals and even plants that are less fortunate and are teetering on the brink of extinction, many of these species don&#039;t receive any attention mostly because they are just not pretty!<br />
So why not join the Endangered Species topic in the &#039;Contests&#039; forum and vote for something ugly!! Cotton-Top Tamarin,Geotagged,Saguinus oedipus,South Africa,columbia,endangered Click/tap to enlarge Country intro

Cotton-top Tamarin

Currently listed as Critically Endangered there are believed to be less than 6000 of these beautiful little monkeys left in the wild. Initially they were used for medical research which severely decimated their numbers, but they are now protected by law. However they are still suffering and their numbers depleting due to deforestation in their native Columbia.
There are however possibly more of these in the captivity than in the wild due to conservation activities so there is always hope that one day these numbers could be reversed.
There are thousands of animals and even plants that are less fortunate and are teetering on the brink of extinction, many of these species don't receive any attention mostly because they are just not pretty!
So why not join the Endangered Species topic in the 'Contests' forum and vote for something ugly!!

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  1. A unique species. This one is totally new to me. Posted 8 years ago

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The cotton-top tamarin is a small New World monkey weighing less than 0.5 kg. One of the smallest primates, the cotton-top tamarin is easily recognized by the long, white sagittal crest extending from its forehead to its shoulders. The species is found in tropical forest edges and secondary forests in northwestern Colombia, where it is arboreal and diurnal. Its diet includes insects and plant exudates, and it is an important seed disperser in the tropical ecosystem.

Similar species: Primates
Species identified by Claire Hamilton
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By Claire Hamilton

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Uploaded Jun 1, 2013. Captured Jun 7, 2011 15:28 in N2, South Africa.
  • Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
  • f/5.6
  • 1/80s
  • ISO800
  • 263mm