Cotton Top Tamarins Have Arrived
A pair of rare Cotton Top Tamarins have just arrived at the Yorkshire Wildlife Park.
The tiny monkeys that weigh around the same as a bag of sugar and are only ten inches long are a critically endangered species and the park has been designated as a conservation hub to help save them from extinction.
Maurice and Margot, 2, with their distinctive crests of white fur, are making themselves at home at the park and will become part of an international breeding programme to stop their numbers dropping any lower than the current danger level of 6,000 in the wild.
Cotton Top Tamarins, native to the rain forests of north west Columbia are classified as a ‘New World’ species of monkey, who made their way across the ocean some 30 million years ago and have been devastated by loss of habitat and the illegal pet trade.
“We are very excited to receive such conservationally important animals at the park, which will add to the other endangered species we manage, such as the black rhino, okapi and amur leopard,” said Dr Matthew Hartley, head of animals at the park at Branton, near Doncaster.
“Their arrival marks a thrilling few months ahead for YWP and we’re excited to see how their characters develop.”
Maurice, whose second birthday is in September, arrived from the Czech Republic while Margot came from France.
Cotton Top Tamarins play a crucial role in acting as seed dispersers in tropical ecosystems. They live mainly high up in trees on the top branches feeding off fruit, seeds, insects and the occasional lizard. They are naturally playful and sociable animals and might well become YWP favourites.
Cotton Top Tamarins Have Arrived, 28th August 2019, 16:03 PM