Zoological gardens around the world, including Odense Zoo, cooperate with the government of Brazil. A joint breeding effort has been established from which the surplus animals from zoological gardens are released in the wild. A sanctuary was founded in 1976 where the primates are released. Local biologists work together with local residents on the project. The number of tamarins has grown since the sanctuary was established, but the tamarins are still overly endangered.
Food: Insects, spiders, fruit, resin, wood sap, eggs, small vertebrates
Sexual maturity: 6-20 months
Gestation period: 140-145 days
Number of offspring per litter: 1-2
Weight: 400-800 g
Life expectancy: 10 years