The Red-handed Tamarin is named because of its reddish orange hair on its hands and feet. It has a long tail which helps the Tamarin by holding onto branches of trees.
Habitat: Amazon River.
Population: The Tamarin's status is stable, however, due to the destruction of their natural habitat, the species is at risk.
Lifespan: Life expectancy in the wild is 10 years and 16 years in captivity.
Diet: The Tamarin's diet consists of fruit, flowers, insects, spiders and nectar.
Behaviour: Tamarins can live in large groups of up to 15 members, and defence within the group is a big priority. This makes the Tamarin very territorial and defending their territory can make them aggressive. Their sharp teeth and claws help to deter intruders and predators.
They are very quick and exceptional jumpers and can jump considerable distances to escape predators. They are also great climbers and spend most of their time in wooded areas along the Amazon.