Marmosets are primates and the smallest monkeys in the world. Their name comes from the French word ‘marmouset’ meaning ‘dwarf’ or ‘little’. They come from South America and live in dense, tropical rainforests.
They can fit in the palm of a human hand and have a tail that is longer than its body. Unlike most primates, they have claws instead of nails on their hands and feet which gives them a very strong grip when climbing.
All male marmosets are colour blind, confusing reds, greens, browns and oranges.
Our group are Common Marmosets, also known as ‘White Tufted Marmosets’ due to the large white tufts of fur around their ears.