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New arrivals for Marwell with squirrel monkey pair

Marwell Zoo in Hampshire is celebrating the arrival of a pair of very cheeky Guianan squirrel monkeys.

The tiny duo – born earlier this month to mothers Gwyneth, age six, and Reyes, age four – are the first squirrel monkey infants for the wildlife park in 15 years.

The news comes shortly after the zoo welcomed two more new arrivals with an endangered Grevy’s zebra foal and critically endangered mountain bongo calf, both born in September.

Jamie Wharton, Primates & Small Mammals Team Leader at Marwell Wildlife, said: “As their name suggests, squirrel monkeys are small primates, and these infants are tiny. They weigh around a hundred grams, which is about the same as a small apple, and the young cling to their mother’s front or back, so you need to look carefully to spot them.

“As the babies grow older and gain more confidence, they will play and interact with each other loads, so that will be great to see.”

Guianan squirrel monkeys are found in tropical forests in Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and northern Brazil. Unlike other monkeys, squirrel monkeys get about by jumping rather than swinging, walking or clambering. They use their powerful legs to leap and their long tails are used for balance only.

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