Wild Tracks

On behalf of the world's wild species

And This Would Be…?

mystery-photo-apr14

Oh come on! No one took a guess at my little critter? Well, OK then.

This tiny little fellow is a pygmy marmoset, all14- 20 cm (5.5 to 6.3″) of him. This is the smallest monkey species in the world, and they live in the rainforest canopies of Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. They weigh from 120-140 grams (4.2 – 4.9 oz).

Because of their extremely small body size, pygmy marmosets are subject to predation by birds of prey, small wild cats and climbing snakes.

Unlike many other rainforest inhabitants, pygmy marmosets are not endangered. In fact, there appears to be so many of them they’re classed as ‘Least Concern,’ which means no conservation programs exist or are planned for them.

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