The emperor tamarin, allegedly named for its resemblance to the German emperor Wilhelm II!

Black-chinned emperor tamarin in Dallas World Aquarium - Culture's Ways

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The emperor tamarin allegedly named for its resemblance to the German emperor Wilhelm II lives in the southwest Amazon Basin, in east Peru, north Bolivia and in the west Brazilian states of Acre and Amazonas.


Physical description

The fur of the emperor tamarin is predominantly grey colored, with yellowish speckles on its chest. The hands and feet are black and the tail is brown. Outstanding is its long, white mustache, which extends to both sides beyond the shoulders. The animal reaches a length of 23–26 centimetres (9–10 in).


Emperor tamarins are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as a species of Least Concern, and there are no conservation efforts aimed directly towards this species of primates.

Emperor tamarins populations have been in decline due to threats of deforestation and human encroachment. Forest fragmentation has become a huge problem for arboreal primate species in the neotropics: fragmentation causes the tamarins range to be restricted, causing populations to be isolated.


Emperor tamarins behave actively, rapidly, gracefully, friendly, and playful in the wild. In captivity the tamarins are very social and interactive with people.

These species have an agonistic behavior and a dominance rank in their colony, where the oldest is above the other tamarins. There is an agonistic network where each component along a continuum from strongly dominant individuals interaction with strongly subordinate individuals. In the interactions the tamarins usually communicate threat and submission.

Image: By Kevin Barret – Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0
Text: Wikipedia contributors. “Emperor tamarin.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 28 Aug. 2017. Web.

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