Animal Facts

  • Genus:

    Cebuella
  • Species:

    Cebuella pygmaea
  • Conservation
    Status:

    Least Concern

  • Found In:

    South America
  • Length:

    Up to 15cm
  • Weight:

    Up to 120g

Meet our miniature monkeys!

Pygmy Marmosets are the smallest monkeys in the world and here at Adelaide Zoo we are lucky enough to be home to five of these pint-sized primates!

Marmie, our oldest Pygmy Marmoset, was born in 2002 in the UK and arrived at Adelaide Zoo in 2006. Marmie prefers to hang out alone and watch what his keepers are up to. Sultanas are his favourite treat! His companion is Eva, born in October 2015.

Marmie and Eva can be hard to find as they are very small, so standing quietly and waiting for them to move will give you the best chance of viewing them.

The Pygmy Marmoset is native to the rainforests of the western Amazon basin in South America. These mini monkeys live in lowland, tropical evergreen forests, often on river floodplains.

It’s the smallest monkey in the world and can fit comfortably in an adult’s hand, with an average weight of less than 120 grams! They’re a strange but adorable looking monkey with squirrel-like hands and feet, a long mane of hair around their face and a tail that is longer than its body. Their tiny bodies are covered with orange-brown fur that can sometimes have a greenish tinge! Despite their size, Pygmy Marmosets can leap up to five metres!

Pygmy Marmosets live in small family groups and females can have twins twice a year. Baby marmosets are no bigger than a human thumb!

Tree sap is their food of choice so it’s a good thing they’re perfectly designed with claw-like nails and elongated incisor teeth to gouge holes into trees to allow the sap to seep from within.

Fortunately Pygmy Marmosets are still common in the wild but do face threats from habitat loss and the pet trade.

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