EAZA Ex situ Programme (EEP)

Pygmy marmoset

(Cebuella pygmaea)

Coordinator:  Andrew Hope
Institution:     City of Belfast Zoo

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Belfast Zoo



IUCN Red List status

IUCN Red List LC



Programme roles

Indirect Conservation icon • Education/Ambassador
The ex situ population can act as an ambassador for threatened callitrichid species and used as an opportunity to inform the public on the challenges threatened callitrichids are facing in situ (e.g. pet trade in Asia).
Non Conservation icon Education
This species is the smallest monkey in the world, has a high evolutionary distinctiveness among callitrichids and can be used to share information about callitrichid biology.

The species is a popular exhibit species (active animals, smallest monkey) and gives EAZA institutions the opportunity to gain experience with callitrichid management as well as in managing mixed species exhibits (and to preserve this knowledge and maintain staff experience in mixed exhibits).

Programme numbers

In December 2020, the Pygmy marmoset EEP had 445 animals in 98 institutions.

Programme highlights

Best Practice Guidelines


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