We are delighted to announce the birth of two baby Emperor tamarins who were born in the early hours of Wednesday 3 September. Visitors can now see the babies exploring their surroundings in our World of Small Monkeys exhibit, while staying close to mum Mathilda and dad Moe.
Emperor tamarins, which are very small monkey, are native to South America, occurring in Brazil, Peru, Bolivia and Colombia, where they live in small family groups above the forest floor in the tree canopies. Twin births are a typical occurrence among tamarin species, and when they are fully grown, the babies will weigh no more than 500g.
The twins are the first babies of new mother Mathilda who was born in 2011 in Hannover Zoo and arrived at Twycross Zoo in December 2013. Mathilda was introduced to her mate Moe who was already resident at Twycross, having transferred from Frankfurt Zoo in November 2012. Moe was born in 2009 and is an experienced father who plays an active role in rearing the youngsters. Together they will share parenting responsibilities of nurturing and raising the babies.
Dr. Charlotte Macdonald, Head of Life Sciences says, “We are really pleased that Mathilda has had a safe pregnancy and birth, and she has taken to motherhood instantly, with Moe helping her along the way. We are incredibly proud of our primate collection here at Twycross Zoo which is one of the largest in Europe, and Emperor tamarins are a beautiful and delicate species which we are delighted to have successfully bred.”