Spring has sprung and the first of Symbio Wildlife Park’s new family has arrived just in time for the school holiday’s. Early September the zoo welcomed new Cotton Top Tamarin twins adding to this popular tiny monkey family and strengthening a critically endangered population.
The Cotton Top Tamarins are critically endangered monkeys and are part of an international breeding program which Symbio Wildlife Park participates in.
Mum Bella and Dad Mitu are relishing in their successful parenting with the new twins being the fourth set for mum and dad, who were paired in 2009 and have since proven to be a successful breeding matchup.
Born on Wednesday 4 September 2013, the Cotton Top Tamarin twins (yet to be named) are settling into their home with mum Bella, dad Mitu and their 5 older siblings.
“As a zoo we take our role in providing a safe and positive home environment for our wildlife very seriously. We participate in a number of conservation and breeding programs of which our Tamarins are part of.” said Matt Radnidge General Manager “Our dedicated team of Zoo Keepers are ensuring that our new twins are settling in well.” he added
The Cotton Top Tamarins are part of the exotic animal family here at Symbio Wildlife Park which includes Common Marmosets, Meerkats, Red Panda, Sumatran Tigers and is growing to include Lions, Cheetah and Ring Tail Lemur in the coming months.
The Cotton Top Tamarin twins are in the exhibit with their parents and siblings and can be seen these school holiday’s.
Open from 9.30am Symbio Wildlife Park located in Helensburgh, is the perfect place to bring the whole family for a great day out and getting close to some amazing wildlife. Keeper talks are held daily from 11am.
Cotton Top Tamarin Facts
- They are apart of an international breeding program and are critically endangered, with estimated numbers as low as 400 in the wild (Colombia).
- Cotton Top Tamarins weigh less than 0.5 kg
- One of the smallest primates, the Cotton Top Tamarin is easily recognized by the long white sagittalcrest extending from its forehead to its shoulders.
- The Cotton Top Tamarin originates from northwestern Colombia
- Cotton Top Tamarins are more likely to have twins than singletons (80% of the time expected to be twins)
- The family will raise the young in a cooperative manner in their family groups – this is essential for both infant survival and for previous litters to learn parental behaviour as it is learned not instinctive.
- Dad ‘Mitu’ will do a lot of the carrying in the early weeks and then the siblings will be allowed to start to carry them (usually the older offspring)
- Gestation estimated 184 days
- The family group at Symbio is a typical Tamarin group – one reproductive female and one reproductive male and their offspring.
- At birth their eyes are closed and it takes up to a week for them to open
- Clinging reflex instinctual from birth
- We expect them to begin starting to move independently at age 4-5 weeks (this is when parents start leaving them in nestbox on own) and they will be able to move and climb completely independent by 14 weeks