Marmoset Feeding Tips: Primate Diet & Nutrition


Because of the increased knowledge that has been gained in recent years regarding the nutritional requirements of PRIMATES, significant shifts have occurred in the way that they are fed. The modern pet supply market offers a variety of “monkey pellets,” or pelleted diets. While these diets are typically healthy and well-balanced, they should not be given in place of a diet that is rich in variety.
It is not a coincidence that the species from the OLD WORLD were the ones that were able to reproduce in collections with the highest level of success when serious breeding first started in the 1950s. This is due to the fact that MONKEY species such as the MACACA were best suited to thrive and breed on a diet consisting primarily of vegetables and fruits.
The requirements of other species are significantly more complicated. When they are kept in captivity and fed a diet that consists of a diet that has a relatively high proportion of vegetables and fruit, they certainly do well.
Although it is possible to keep primates in a satisfactory condition on a diet that is less than ideal, the likelihood of reproductive success is significantly diminished as a direct result of this.
The primate species that consume gum, most notably the cebuella, are among the most specialized members of the group in terms of the specific nutritional requirements they must meet. The earliest writers describe how such monkeys were traditionally given a diet consisting of a mixture of cake soaked in milk and other foods such as… The availability of a wide range of non-animal foodstuffs on the market in today’s day and age has made it possible to eradicate issues of this nature, with the cebuela proving to be one of the most productive primates when kept in captivity.
In order to maintain primates in healthy physical condition, it is essential to provide them with the appropriate food, in the appropriate amounts, on a consistent and routine basis.
It is not possible to place enough emphasis on the significance of food.
Inappropriate nutrition is a frequent contributor to health issues and disease.
I have never heard of a primate passing away from starvation; however, I have known many that passed away from overfeeding, in the sense that they did not receive the appropriate food (sugar, chocolates, fat, etc.)
The fundamental dietary requirements of monkeys and humans are actually quite comparable to one another. Their diet needs to consist primarily of proteins, carbohydrates, and fats, in addition to the vitamins, minerals, and trace elements that are required.
The vast majority of primate species are omnivorous and depend on the protein found in animals, but there are a number of notable exceptions. It is not possible to recommend a standard diet because many primates have very specific feeding habits, and their nutritional requirements need to be balanced in accordance with those feeding habits.
Even though different breeders use a wide variety of diets, there are some fundamentals that absolutely must be understood in order to achieve the most successful outcomes. Consistency in feeding is one of the most important factors that contributes to successful feeding. Only by paying close attention to the primates’ routines can one accurately estimate the amount of food that will be required. The fact that different classes of primates have different dietary needs is another factor that is considered to be of considerable significance.
When they are in their natural environment, primates have to hunt, scratch, and search for food all day long, which provides them with a lot of physical activity. At the same time, they keep a vigilant lookout for potential adversaries at all times. They have nothing to do other than eat and play while they are held captive.
They don’t move much and get very little to no exercise as a result.
The process of feeding primates should be carried out in a manner that encourages the animals’ natural behavior of foraging. In addition, seasonal feeding should be practiced (by which I mean that feeding stations should be rearranged in accordance with the changing availability of fruits and vegetables throughout the year).
Every monkey that is kept in captivity needs a substantial supply of vitamin, but Neo-Tropical Primates have a greater requirement for vitamin D3 and vitamin C than Old World Primates do.
Caution is advised due to the fact that the amount of protein, vitamins, and minerals varies depending on a large number of factors:
species, age, pregnancy status, lactation status, overall health, etc….
Important hints include the following: * There should not be any sugar in any of the ingredients * It is important to wash all fruits and vegetables before consuming them. (pseudotuberculosis – toxic products – salmoneloses ect …)

  • Only use newly produced items. (salmoneloses – parasites ect …)
  • Do not feed the cockroaches raw meat, baby mice, or other insects. (toxoplasmonia, protozoa, helminths, and worms…)
    There are some tables included. These tables are merely the product of my own personal experience and should not be taken as authoritative statements of fact.
    MENU 1 Yogurt with a 30 percent fat content
    5 percent of your choice of cheeses or tofu
    5 percent Soya extr. 45 percent cereals flakes
    10 percent banana
    5 percent nuts – dry fruits MENU 2 Yogurt with a ten percent fat content
    30 % infant food and formula
    45 percent cereals flakes
    10 percent banana
    5 percent nuts – dry fruits MENU 3 45 percent cereals flakes
    15 percent EEG (row or boiled)
    15 percent extracted soya, 25 percent other ingredients (others)
    20 percent nuts pasta
    75 percent of the cakes were dry
    Honey at a rate of 2%
    Flakes of cereal containing forty percent corn sugar and three percent grape sugar.
    30% of the grain is wheat.
    30 percent oats (nuts pasta)
    15 percent coco
    25 percent brazilnuts
    5 percent peanut
    15 percent pineseed 5 percent hazelnut
    5 percentage points walnut
    10 percent chestnut
    5 percent almond
    10 percent sunflower seed, 10 percent grape, plum, date, and fig, and 10 percent fig.

Gumi MENU 1 Rasped apple made up 95 percent, with 5 percent gumi powder added on top (like sugar)

Gumi MENU 2 30 percent Gumi powder
70% of the content is water
Gumi MENU 3 20 percent Banana 20 percent Gumi 60 percent Water
Gumi MENU 4 10 percent Banana 5 percent Cucumber 15 percent 25 percent of Baby Food that is “Canned” and 50 percent Gumi Water
Fruits: mango – pineapple – apple – pear – citrus fruits kiwi, grapes, cherries, plums, peaches, apricots, figs, avocados, dates, and figs are some of the fruits that are included in this list. – tomato (BANANA in gumi or menu) Endive, chicory, carrot, paprika, cucumber, cabbage, and sweet corn make up the leafy vegetables. – sprouts made from soybeans Grasshoppers, mealworms, and crickets are all types of insects (no cockroaches) “Dry” FOOD for a cat Meat, poultry, and fish should “only be boiled.” Food sold in stores called pellets
Vitamins-oligo: daily in menu or gumi d3, daily in menu or gumi c, and twice per week in menu or gumi
-oligo: cal-d3-phos..daily in the menu or gumi mg cure.. -oligo:
4x per year during 10 days in menu or drinking water fe..3x week in menu or gumi Other: livercut served once a week, only available in menu 3
Yeast.. 3x week in menu
Milk powder for baby “Soya” to be used during breastfeeding, available only in menus 1 and 2.

The wild marmoset is an omnivore that consumes a wide variety of foods including plants (flowers, fruits, nectar, tree saps and gums), animals (insects, spiders, lizards, amphibians, snails, and other small invertebrates), and other small invertebrates.
It’s important to get enough vitamin A and D3. If their enclosures do not allow them access to the outdoors, marmosets require supplemental vitamin D3. It is sufficient to apply one drop to each animal every day. Do not overdose !
Every day and at all times, there is fresh water available. Even better is to feed the infant breast milk.
A diet that is rich in variety is essential for warding off monotony, which can lead to appetite loss. They should either be given food once a day at noon, or twice a day at 0900h in the morning and again in the evening (1800h)
To prepare the food, cut each item into pieces that are approximately 1 centimeter square.
Marmoset Diet (dry or canned)
Cut up pieces of fruit (like mango, papaya, apple and once a week banana)
Carrots, tomatoes, cucumbers, fennel, cauliflower, and mushrooms are examples of vegetables that are harvested fresh.
Vegetables such as peas, cauliflower, and others that have been cooked.
Cereal for infants (!)
Hard boiled eggs (white)
Carcassée de viande (like chicken and turkey)
Toasted fish
Vitamin supplements
Every other week:
Insects; plural: (like mealworms, grasshoppers, crickets, mouse pinkies…)
Half a grape containing three drops of a multivitamin solution was given to each animal.
Every Day (beginning at 7 A.M.)
baby milk (powder mixed with heated water)
both raw and cooked vegetables are included:
1 freshly peeled and sliced carrot, along with 1 tomato or cucumber slice (fresh)
2 cereal balls (see the bulletin board for instructions) or one-third of a cooked egg (white) cauliflower (fresh or cooked) mushrooms (fresh) peas (cooked) turnips (fresh) fennel (fresh) corn (cooked) or… Every day (beginning at 6:00 PM): apple (1/2) yoghurt or papaya or mango or litchi or grapes or banana or pear or… apple (1/2) yoghurt or papaya or mango or litchi or grapes or… Every week:mealworms or grasshoppers When kept inside, administer one vitamin A/D3 drop per animal three times per week.

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