About the Cotton-Top Tamarin

Cotton-Top Tamarin (Saguinus oedipus)

The cotton-top tamarins, while small in stature, play a large role in the Rainforest of the Americas. In fact, they've been chosen as Ambassadors to the exhibit. With their curious nature, colorful fur and hair, and distinctive white crest extending from forehead to shoulders, these cute little monkeys really stand out in a crowd.

One of the smallest primates, cotton-top tamarins are only found in Colombia. They inhabit various parts of the Colombian rainforests, from dry or humid to deciduous forest. Weighing only about one pound, these small animals have a diet, mostly insects and fruit, that keeps them highly energized. They have a uniquely bare face of black skin with a head of cotton-white hair that sticks out.

Our Mascot

The L.A. Zoo developed a cotton-top tamarin mascot that will be going on its own "Expedition," making appearances at various L.A. locations and events—and, of course, the L.A. Zoo. Watch for it in local TV and online advertising, too! A one-of-a-kind, hand-built cotton-top tamarin suit was designed and created especially for the L.A. Zoo by an industry-leading mascot designer.

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Expedition Cotton-Top!

  1. Print out your cotton-top tamarin and color it (any way you want!)
  2. Take your cotton-top tamarin on its own "Expedition" and share a photo by uploading it on Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #LAZooCottonTop
  3. Follow us on instagram @thelosangeleszoo and Twitter @LAZoo
  4. Set your instagram profile to public so we can find your picture