Pablo and Luigi, our pair of pygmy marmosets, live over on Tapir Island with our golden lion tamarins.
Pygmy marmosets are endemic to South America, where they occur in the western part of Amazon Basin. Their preferred type of habitat is lowland, tropical evergreen forest with river floodplains. They favour forests that remain flooded for over 3 months per year.
They feed on the sap of trees by gnawing at the bark and also eat fruit, insects, spiders, small birds and eggs.
Although the species presently faces habitat destruction, this factor doesn’t have a noticeable impact on their population as a whole. However, these animals are still threatened by some localized factors, such as collection for the pet trade.