The Emperor Tamarin (Saguinus imperator) is allegedly named for its resemblance to the German Emperor Wilhelm II. It lives in the south-west Amazon Basin, in east Peru, north Bolivia and in the west Brazilian states of Acre and Amazonas.
The fur is predominantly grey, with yellowish speckles on its chest. The hands and feet are black and the tail is brown. Outstanding is its long, white moustache, which extends to both sides beyond the shoulders.
The animal reaches a length of 24-26 cm plus a 35 cm long tail. It weighs 300-400g. This primate inhabits tropical rain forests, living deep in the forest and also in open tree-covered areas. A diurnal species, it walks or runs quadrupedally through the forest, spending the majority of its days in the trees with quick, safe movements and broad jumps among the limbs.
The Emperor Tamarin lives together in groups of 2-8 animals. The oldest female leads the group above several mature males. Mutual grooming plays an important role for bonding and socialising.
Its diet is similar to that of other tamarins, being an omnivore, primarily eating fruits, insects and sap. When feeding on sap, the Emperor Tamarin latches on to the tree vertically with its claws dug into the bark of the tree. It also eats bird eggs and small vertebrates (such as tree frogs). Due to its small weight it can reach food at the far end of branches, which are not accessible to heavier animals.
The Emperor Tamarin's life expectancy is over 15 years - from Wikipedia.
Taken through glass at Marwell Wildlife near Winchester, Hants.