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How to speak monkey: The language of cotton-top tamarins – Anne Savage

Anne Savage | TED-Ed

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The cotton-top tamarin is a very vocal monkey

— the species communicates using a sophisticated language of 38 distinct and grammatically structured calls!

Anne Savage teaches a few of these chirps and whistles, taking us through a day in the life of Shakira the tamarin (using sounds pulled from the wild) as Shakira signals to her family, talks to her food and warns against potential predators.

Lesson by Anne Savage, animation by Avi Ofer.