Today we take you to Panama, with a little visit to Geoffroy's Tamarin - sadly, not named after a dude named Geoff, but instead its scientific name, Saguinus geoffroyi.
Or, commonly known as the Tití monkey.
These little ones are just that - tiny and adorable. Measuring somewhere between 8-9 inches long, their tails are generally longer than the rest of their bodies. They spend most of their time in trees, whistling and chirping with their friends in small groups. Herbivores by nature, this small type of monkey sticks to plants, fruits and insects to fill themselves up.
Oh and the females? They typically mate with several males in their groups, and are prone to giving birth to twins. The males, though, take up a good amount of responsibility for the little ones, often carrying them on their backs and doing the grooming. Don't fret though, ladies - the groups of these Tamarins are usually led by the eldest female.
The Geoffroy’s tamarin is listed in Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species to ensure that international trade in specimens of wild animals and plants does not threaten their survival. No conservation efforts specific to the species are evident.
Thankfully the Geoffroy Tamarin is not under major threat and continues to thrive in Panama and Colombia. However, these cute little ones are known to be trapped, kidnapped, and sold into pet trade. The monkeys’ presence inside national parks in both locations offer some protection from human activities, like deforestation and capture. This is why education and careful observation are always the best way to go to protect wildlife.
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