Summer has seen new births in Loro Parque: two young Emperor Tamarins have arrived to join a family that began to grow last year, when they first had offspring. This news is evidence of the wellbeing of the animals in the Parque and how well established the pair of Saguinus imperator is.
With this species, it is the male (or another member of the group) who carries the offspring until they become independent of the parents, and gives them to the mother from time to time for nursing. In Loro Parque two pairs of twins have already been born, the first a year ago and the second recently and now they can all be observed enjoying family life in their home.
Emperor Tamarins originate from the forests of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia and Peru, where they feed mainly on fruit, flowers, nectar and small animals such as frogs, snails, lizards, spiders or insects. It has characteristic whiskers, claws instead of nails on all fingers except the thumb and two teeth instead of three on each side of the jaw, both aspects that differentiate it from other species of monkeys.
Fortunately, it is listed as a species of least concern on the Red List of Threatened Species of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), so it is not at risk of extinction. However, the size of its populations is declining and its habitat is shrinking due to residential and commercial development and forest clearing, among other threats.
At Loro Parque, this family acts as a representative of their peers in nature, helping to make visitors aware of the importance of protecting wild animals and their natural habitats. In addition, it promotes knowledge about the species, its reproduction and breeding, information that is also very valuable for the protection of populations in the wild.