Pygmy Marmoset: here’s the scoop


While there are no major threats resulting in a significant population decline, this species may be undergoing some localized declines in parts of its range, due mainly to habitat loss. Pygmy marmosets are also threatened by the pet trade. 

Committed to Conservation

The Buttonwood Park Zoo participates in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan (SSP) for Pygmy Marmosets. The goal of the SSP is to cooperatively manage animal populations within AZA accredited zoos to ensure the sustainability of a healthy and genetically diverse population while enhancing the conservation of this species in the wild.


Pygmy Marmoset

Scientific name

Cebuella pygmaea


Dense river-edge forest as well as secondary forest


Omnivorous. Feeding on tree sap, fruits, vegetables, insects, and eggs

Life Expectancy

15 – 18 years

Did you know?

The pygmy marmoset is the smallest monkey weighing only 3 – 5 ounces. Newborns are roughly the size of a human thumb!


Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru

Conservation status

Least Concern

Widespread and abundant