I’ve always been fascinated by primates: they’re so human-like in their gestures, expressions and behavior that it’s almost impossible not to feel empathy for them.   Unfortunately, there’s a wild yellow fever outbreak happening in Brazil, and primates are strongly affected by the disease. In wild yellow fever, mosquitoes of the genera Haemagogus and Sabethes transmit the virus and monkeys are the main hosts; In this situation, human cases occur when a non-vaccinated person enters a wilderness area and is bitten by a contaminated mosquito. 

The Common marmoset
A dark future?
The slaughtering
Why us?
They're victims just like us
I can find my own food!
A safe diet
We're not pets!
Never pet a wild animal

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A safe diet

The common marmoset’s claw-like nails, incisor shape, and gut specialization reflect their unique diet which is primarily made of plant exudates and insects. Common marmosets feed on gum, sap, latex, and resin - here in Northeastern Brazil they LOVE cashew tree's resin. They use their nails to cling to the side of a tree and, with their long lower incisors, chew a hole in the tree. The marmoset will then lick up the exudates or swoop them with the teeth.