Geoffroy's marmoset babies ride piggyback on their mothers as these tiny monkeys leap among the branches of the Amazon forests.
These are small primates measuring about 200 mm in length. Females usually weigh about 190 grams, and males weigh about 230 to 350 grams. Their bodies are blackish brown and their tails are ringed with grey and black bands. Adults have a white face and throat. Juveniles do not have white markings until they are about five months old.
The Zoo is protecting wildlife and habitats in Latin America through the Scott Neotropical Fund.
These marmosets have been reported to follow swarms of army ants in order to catch the insects that the ants flush out.
These mammals are diurnal, so they are out during the day. They live in groups of 4- 6 individuals. During the wet season, most of their time is spent resting. During the dry season most of their time is spent foraging.
There is typically a dominant male and female in the group who will form a monogamous bond with each other. Only they will breed. They have 1-3 offspring at a time. Offspring reach reproductive maturity at 15-18 months old. They can breed year round. Litters can be produced approximately every six months.