Lets hear it for the pint-sized primate with a big personality! On this Wildlife Wednesday, we talk about the pygmy marmoset.
When we think of primates, we most often think of chimps, gorillas, or other sizeable creatures. But did you know that there’s another species so tiny that, no joke, its members could take a nap in the palm of your hand?
On this Wildlife Wednesday, we learn about the pygmy marmoset.
These palm-sized primates are found in South America—namely, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. They make their homes in the lower branches of second growth forests.
Why are they threatened?
Although the IUCN might list these tiny tree-huggers as “least concern,” research shows that their population is on a downward trend.
This trend is caused in part by many peoples’ desire to own these furry forest-dwellers. Other threats to their population include hunting and habitat loss.