Red-Handed Tamarin

Scientific name: Saguinus midas

Conservation status:leastconcern

Life expectancy: 10 years in the wild

Gestation period: 140-170


Lifestyle and Location:

  • These new world monkeys  live in groups of 4-15 individuals and are native to northern-south America.
  • Just like most marmosets and tamarins they usually give birth to twins.
  • They are omnivorous and eat fruit, flowers, insects, frogs, spiders, nectar and lizards. And are known to be eaten by  small cats, birds of prey and snakes.


As you can see in the photo above they have reddish-orange hands (hence the name) but black over the rest of the body with sprinkles of brown and grey. Their body is around 20.5-28 cm but with a tail which is 31-44 cm and they weigh 400-550 g.

Joss‘s Facts

  • They have been found to be able to jump off a tree and onto the ground from up to 60 feet high (18 meters) with no sign of injury.
  • They are normally looked after and watched by the males and only given to the mother to nurse, but the all the group helps with the care of the young.