Common marmosets are New World primates. These tiny primates live in groups in the canopies of South American Forest and are diurnal. The name "Marmoset" comes from the french word "Marmouset", meaning "Dwarf".
They are the smallest monkeys in the world! Even though their body is covered with fur, their skin is able to change colour under the sun. Common Marmosets will succesfully bred when they form a monogamous mating system in captivity, in the wild they are polyandrous where the females mates with several males.
During the first two weeks of their lives, the babies will cling on the back of their mothers constantly, which can be very tiring for the mother, hence, father and siblings will help the mother to take care of her babies.
The Common Marmosets are facing a grave danger in the wild. Their population is threatened by continuous loss and destruction of their natural habitat and they are captured to become pets, too.
Wild animals do not make good pets! They should be kept in an environment as similar to their natural habitat as possible.
Extinct in the wild
10 years in the wild and 16 years in captivity
High canopies in Forest, Rainforest, Savanna
About 15 centimeters (6 inches) long