Rare Cotton-Top Tamarin Monkey Born At Chester Zoo

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One of the world’s most endangered primates has been born at Chester Zoo. The rare baby cotton-top tamarin monkey recently arrived to first time parents Treat (3) and Leo (5). The infant measured just 10cm from head to tail and weighed a mere 40g. Conservationists at the zoo say they are “overjoyed” at the birth, the first at the zoo in 22 years as cotton-top tamarins listed as critically endangered on the International Union of Conservation and Nature’s (IUCN) Red List. It’s estimated that just 2,000 breeding animals remain in the wild in northern Colombia making them one of rarest of all primate species. Siobhan Ward, Primate Keeper at Chester Zoo said both Treat and Leo have taken to parenthood “brilliantly” with dad Leo doing his fair share by carrying their baby around between mum Treat’s feeds. “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,” Siobhan added.

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