One of the world’s most endangered primates has been born at Chester Zoo.
Zoo-keepers have stated they’re ‘overjoyed’ by the arrival of the uncommon cotton-top tamarin monkey. Measuring simply 10cm from head to tail and weighing solely 40 grams, the newborn is the primary to be born on the zoo in 22 years.
Primate consultants have stated it’s ‘extremely particular’ to witness first-time mother and father, three-year-old Deal with and five-year-old Leo, settling into household life.
“We strongly suspected that Treat was pregnant from our regular monitoring of her weight and seeing her belly swell, but it was a fantastic surprise nonetheless to see a tiny little ball of fluff clinging onto her back one morning,” zookeeper Siobhan Ward stated.
“The baby will be carried around by both parents for around the next six months – but it’s actually dad who’s been doing most of the carrying so far, passing it to mum for feeds while he stays protectively close by. It’s incredibly special to be able to see the little one so soon after its birth and after opening its eyes for the first time to take in the world.”
It’s estimated that simply 2,000 breeding tamarins stay within the wild and their numbers are predicted to say no by 80 per cent within the subsequent 20 years, making them certainly one of rarest of all primate species. The miniature monkeys are native to a small space in northern Colombia however solely 5% of their unique habitat now stays intact as a result of mass deforestation and the unlawful wildlife commerce is one other vital menace to their survival.
“It wasn’t that long ago that these miniature primates were seen as quite a common species, so their dramatic demise over the last few years shows just how a species thought to be safe can change so rapidly,” stated Nick Davis, Chester Zoo’s deputy curator of mammals.
“Cotton-top tamarins have an iconic look with their voluminous plume of white fur on the tops of their head. This crest of hair raises up when then they get excited, or feel that they need to warn off danger, making them look bigger and more intimidating. It’s these distinctive looks that tends to draw poachers to them.”