Posted By : The Animal Facts Editorial Team
Date: April 11, 2022 11:10 pm
Photo Credit: Idaho Falls Zoo
The Idaho Falls Zoo have welcomed a cotton-top tamarin infant to their family. Named Ash by keepers the infant was born on March 11th to parents Tunda and Chad. The pair are first time parents.
At present the youngster can be seen clinging to the back of its mother or father as they move through the habitat. As it continues to grow guests will see it start to explore the branches in its habitat on its own.
Cotton top tamarins are native to the forests of South and Central America.
These animals are highly social with all members of the troop helping to raise their infants. They naturally move together as a group in the wild.
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The Idaho Falls Zoo are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and participate in a breeding project for this critically endangered species. Over the past 40 years this species has seen significant declines in its population due to habitat loss and collection for the illegal wildlife trade.
AZA accredited zoos work together to follow a Cotton-top Tamarin Species Survival Plan developed and reviewed annually by a team of experts from across the country. This program ensures the wellbeing, genetic health and survival of cotton top tamarins in AZA zoos.
Guests will be able to meet the new arrival as the Idaho Falls Zoo open for their 2022 season on April 13th 2022.