NEW FOR 2023 – SEE MARMOSETS FOR THE FIRST TIME AT THE SAFARI PARK!
Pygmy marmosets are a small type of ‘New World monkey’, that are native to the rainforests of the western Amazon basin in South America. They are the smallest monkeys in the world, weighing around 100 grams. They are gumnivores (a gum feeding specialist), with a primary diet of tree sap, although their diet also includes nectar, fruit, leaves and insects. They live in small, close-knit family groups and sleep huddled together, amongst dense vines growing at a height of 7 – 10 metres.
The habitat consists of an intricate eucalyptus climbing frame with heated basking areas, interspersed with robinia trees and bamboo, which are essential for marmoset enrichment. Grass, bark and log structures add to the area, also forming enrichment points for the marmosets to forage in.
Scientists believe that pygmy marmosets are in decline in the wild. Around 2015, it was estimated that the population size had reduced by 30% during the lifetime of three pygmy marmoset generations (they live for about 11-12 years). The decline is a result of a reduction in good quality habitat and of people hunting these little animals for the pet trade.