GENUS: SAGUINUS – RED-HANDED TAMARIN MONKEY
The Red-handed Tamarin Monkey (Saguinus midas), also known as the Golden-handed Tamarin or Midas Tamarin, is a New World monkey named for the reddish hair on their feet and hands. The Red-handed Tamarin Monkey is native to the in wooded areas along the Amazon River in Brazil, Guyana, French Guiana, Suriname, and Venezuela.
Red-handed Tamarin Monkeys live in groups of 4 to 15 members with little competition among a group even between breeding males.
Only one female among a group will breed during breeding season with the other females suppressing the instinct. The gestation period is 140 – 170 days and mothers typically give birth to 2 offspring.
Young tamarins are cared for primarily by the father and turned over to the mother only to nurse, however the entire group helps with the care of the young.
Defence is a priority in a group and when one tamarin is threatened the others will rush to its defence. The Red-handed Tamarin Monkey is territorial and can be aggressive, with sharp canines and claws instead of fingernails on all fingers and all but the large toe.
The Red-handed Tamarin is an exceptional climber and spends most of its time among the vines and branches of the trees. Red-handed Tamarin Monkeys are quick and agile and are superb jumpers known to jump distances of over 60 feet from a tree to the ground with no sign of injury.
The Red-handed Tamarin Monkeys diet consists of fruit, flowers, insects, frogs, spiders, lizards and nectar. The Red-handed Tamarins body measures 20.5 – 28 centimetres. Including the tail they measure 31 – 44 centimetres. Red-handed Tamarins weigh 400 – 550 grams. Their life expectancy is approximately 10 years in the wild and 16 years in captivity. Their natural predators are small cats, birds of prey and snakes. Due to the destruction of their natural habitat the livelihood of the species is at risk. Conservation status – Least Concern.
This means, it is extremely intelligent, and would quite easily hurt a human very badly if it felt endangered, or like it had to. But it could definitely not kill a human!
Did you know, the red
Handed tamarin monkey
Doesn’t actually even have
red hands? It has YELLOW
Hands, with red eyes!!!!
Written by Minniemog999 - a nine year old.