Drayton Manor Zoo in Staffordshire welcomed the arrival of spring with the birth of two critically endangered cotton-top tamarins.
Kit and Leo were born last month to proud first time parents Ellie and Bernie and weigh in at just 40-45g, which is roughly the third of the weight of a hamster! Twins are very common in tamarins and mum and dad will now share the hard work of raising their offspring together.
Chris Mitchell, Zoo Manager at Drayton Manor Park said: “The cotton-top tamarin is one of the smallest and rarest primates. They’re listed as critically endangered as their population is around 6,000 in the wild, so it is important for us to have a genetically healthy captive population as a safety net in case the worst happens. Drayton Manor is proud to support ‘Proyecto Titi’, who are working tirelessly to save this species in the wild in Colombia.”
Chris added: “Little Kit and Leo have recently been sexed and we’re happy to confirm we have twin baby males and both are growing stronger by the day. Their white hair is due to come through over the coming months so they’ll look more like their parents. They’re just starting to show off their cheeky personalities winning us over here at the park, and we hope lots of families visit over the season to say hello.
Drayton Manor will also welcome a whole host of other new arrivals soon, including red pandas, sulawesi crested macaques, beaded lizards, golden headed lion tamarins and some very cute dik-diks!
To book tickets, or for more information about visiting the park, go to www.draytonmanor.co.uk