|Name: Golden Marmoset|
|Habitat: Brazil and Bolivia|
|Why Endangered: Loss of habitat|
The marmoset is one of the
world's smallest kinds of monkey. Marmosets are less than 1 foot
(30 centimeters) long, not including the tail, and weigh from 10
to 12 ounces (300 to 350 grams). The thick, soft coats of
marmosets range in color from silvery-white to dark gray or
brown. Patches of hair stick out from the head and ears of some
marmosets. Unlike most other monkeys, marmosets have claws
instead of nails. They live in trees and walk on all four legs,
much like squirrels. Marmosets feed mainly on insects and fruit.
They also chew holes in certain trees to eat the gum or sap. Most
marmosets live in groups of three to eight in the tropical
forests and woodland plains of Central and South America.
Marmosets are kept as pets and are used in medical research. They are threatened by the increasing destruction of their tropical forest habitat.
Source: World Book