The pygmymarmoset is a small New World monkey native to rainforests of the western Amazon Basin in South America. It is notable for being the smallest monkey and one of the smallest primates in the world at just over 100 grams, with a head-body length ranging from 117-152 mm and a tail of 172-229 mm. It is generally found in evergreen and river edge forests. About 83% of the pygmy marmoset population lives in stable troops of two to nine individuals, including a dominant male, a breeding female, and
up to four successive litters of offspring. The modal size of a standard
stable troop would be 6 individuals. Members of the group communicate using a complex system including vocal, chemical, and visual signals. These monkeys may also
make visual displays when threatened or to show dominance. The female gives birth to twins twice a year and the parental care is shared between the group. There are two subspecies. This monkey has a specialized diet of tree gum. It gnaws holes in the bark of appropriate trees and vines with its
specialized dentition to elicit the production of gum. When the sap
puddles up in the hole, it laps it up with its tongue. It also lies in
wait for insects, especially butterflies, which are attracted to the sap
holes. It supplements its diet with nectar and fruit.
The kodkod is the smallest wildcat—smaller, even, than the average house cat. It’s a tiny, Andean pocket panther that takes tree-dwelling to a whole new level.
Everything about this cat is small and high up. It is the smallest cat in Americas, and it has the smallest range of any cat in the Americas. The kodkod exclusively lives in the southern part of the coastal Andes, between 1,900 to 2,500 meters above sea level.
But just walking around on the ground at that altitude isn’t enough for the kodkod. The four-to-five pound wildcat is one of the most accomplished climbers in the world. Not only can it climb trees with trunks too big for any other cat to get a solid grip, it spends its entire youth in the treetops. The females nest in trees, and the kittens spend their infancy clambering around their treetop nests.
The kodkod isn’t the only miniature creature in its neck of the woods. The forests around it are occupied with tiny opossums, tiny birds, and tiny deer. This miniature world is under threat, of course, from human encroachment. Kodkods are among the more vulnerable species, because they each need their own swaths of territory, and because they are getting a reputation as chicken-stealers, which makes them a nuisance to humans who live nearby.
I’m just impressed that a cat that weighs in at less than six pounds can steal a semi-wild chicken.
Here’s my latest drawing inspired by a terrible death of Cecil the lion and all the hunting/culling shit that is still around us + of course by the Heroes who keep fighting everyday so that those beautiful creatures can live in a better world.
Drawn with pencils, colored in Photoshop. I’ve spent three days on it and think it’s not bad.