We are proud to announce the arrival of twin Pied tamarin babies! And to celebrate, we have a special Valentine's weekend offer- couples entries will be just £10!
We are especially thrilled at this latest arrival as not only are they notoriously difficult to breed in captivity, but mum Pinotage was very ill last year.
She needed intensive care and special treatment over quite a long period of time and slowly started to get better and gain weight. We did notice that her tummy was a little ‘rounded’ but after being so ill and because of her age, we did not attribute her shape to pregnancy.
As well as her medical history, at 13 and half years old she is the oldest Pied tamarin in captivity to give birth that we know of.
The babies are doing really well and can be seen being carried by dad, Scarface, and just going to mum for feeding.They are being fantastic parents.
The pied tamarin has one of the smallest ranges of any primate and is thought to be one of the most endangered monkeys in the Amazon forests. Its habitat is restricted to an area in Brazil, within the city of Manaus. Some of these tamarins have become isolated in tiny fragments within the city with little chance of survival without conservation measures. Shaldon Wildlife Trust supports field conservation programmes for this species in the wild including rescuing and relocating them in these isolated areas and paying for radio collars.
In a survey by BIAZA in 2013, the Pied tamarin was recognised as one of the top ten mammals most reliant on zoos, so the new twins will be important for the ongoing survival of this very endangered little monkey.