With less than 5000 Cotton Top Tamarin monkeys left in the wild; the birth of another set of rare Cotton Top Tamarin twins at Alma is cause for excitement!
Conchetta and her mate Manny have successfully welcomed another set of Cotton Top Tamarin twins to the Alma family. This is the third set of babies for Conchetta and Manny.
Cotton Top Tamarins are the most endangered primates in the world. In the wild, Cotton Top Tamarins live only in the tree tops of tropical forests in Colombia, South America. Their habitat is threatened by deforestation and numbers have further declined from illegal pet trade.
For this reason, Zoos around the world play an important role in the conservation of the Cotton Top Tamarin for future generations. Alma Park Zoo also work closely with Proyecto Titi in South America to support their conservation efforts of Cotton Tops.
To date, Conchetta and Manny had 3 daughters at the Zoo. In January 2012, the pair welcomed their first daughter to the Zoo. Again in November, the little Tamarin family grew with a set of twin girls being born. This year, the pair have successfully produced another set of twins – a boy and a girl. Alma primate keepers are very excited to welcome the first male Cotton Top Tamarin to be born at Alma Park Zoo!
Male tamarins do most of the caring for the young, even helping with the birth. Males carry and protect the young, except for when the mothers nurse. The birth of a male Cotton Top Tamarin is exciting for the continued conservation of Cotton Top Tamarins in Zoo breeding programs.
The twin boy and girl Cotton Tops at Alma are strong and interacting well with their parents and siblings. They are yet to be named, and Alma is turning to Facebook fans to help with naming the new additions to Conchetta and Manny’s little family!
Name the Cotton Top Tamarin Twins!
Would you like to suggest a name for the new Cotton Top Tamarin Twins? Join Alma on Facebook to suggest a name for the twin boy and girl Cotton Top Tamarins!