Goeldi's Marmoset

Goeldi's Marmoset


Northern part of South America




Tropical Forests

Latin Name

Callimico goeldii

IUCN conservation status

About the size of a grey squirrel, this vigorous little primate is characterized by a dense brown-black coat and is remarkably agile!

Eating all It Can Find

Being omnivores, they eat a little of everything, although they have a clear preference for fruit and insects. Frogs, lizards and scorpions are also on the menu. When fruit is scarce, during the dry season, mushrooms account for more than 50% of their diet.

Able to Perform Extraordinary Acrobatic Feats!

Goeldi's marmosets are very agile and can jump up to 4 metres without a swing! With momentum, they can double this distance, reaching almost 8 metres, an amazing feat for such a small animal. Their long toes allow them to extract certain insects hidden in crevices and to cling to trunks when they're on the move.

A Complex Communication System and a Structured Community Life

These small primates live in groups of 2 to 10 individuals, which generally include related members and migrants from neighbouring groups. Communication between clan members is almost constant and takes place through many means: vocalizations, postures, facial expressions, grinning, yawning, etc.

The Loss of Habitat Has Made them Vulnerable

Because of their widespread distribution, measures to protect the species are difficult to implement. Marmosets, like all creatures living in South American rainforests, are sensitive to logging and habitat modification.

Featured animal


Date of birth

September 13, 2022


0.35 lb / 157 g


Born here at the Zoo de Granby, Nayati is the fifth cub born to her mother Gabriela. For a long time, she could be seen snuggling on the back of her mother or father!

Fun fact

Nayati means "warrior" and was given this name when she had to have a leg amputated after a very bad injury. A fine name for this small and charismatic fighter!

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