SAN ANTONIO –San Antonio Zoo, the Best Zoo In Texas and #2 zoo in the nation, welcomes the birth of Cotton Top Tamarin twins. The twins were born on November 27 and live in the NEOTROPICA area of the zoo. While the zoo celebrates all new births, some are even more meaningful to securing a future for wildlife due to their conservation status in the wild. Cotton Top Tamarins are critically endangered, with ~6,000 individuals left in the wild due to habitat loss.
“2022 has been an incredible year of births,” said Tim Morrow, President & CEO of San Antonio Zoo. “There are few things cuter than seeing baby animals interact with their parents and the world. We are fortunate to share that with our guests while helping secure a future for each species. Stop by and visit our Cotton Top Tamarin family and help us cheer on mom and dad as they embark on their new journey of parenthood.”
Cotton Top Tamarins are only found in Colombia, where they live high in the canopy of the Amazonia Rainforest. They are omnivorous, eating fresh fruit, bugs, and tree sap. They generally have twins when giving birth, though in the wild, usually, only one survives. Cotton Top Tamarins live in large family groups until they reach sexual maturity and start their own families. The entire family participates in child rearing – at San Antonio Zoo, the babies can be found on both mom and dad.
San Antonio Zoo has a long history of working to secure a future for wildlife worldwide. The Center for Conservation and Research at San Antonio Zoo seeks to fulfill the zoo’s Mission Statement through various approaches, including fieldwork and captive husbandry of rare and threatened species. The scope of these efforts includes projects on multiple continents, international research, and projects throughout the United States, emphasizing Texas. For more information on the zoo’s conservation programs, visit https://sazoo.org/zoo–conservation–efforts/.
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Autor Chris Eastland