Dartmoor Zoo welcomes two baby Marmosets

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Dartmoor Zoo welcomes two baby Marmosets

Dartmoor Zoo welcomes two baby Marmosets

Dartmoor Zoo welcomes two baby Marmosets

 

Devon conservation attraction, Dartmoor Zoo, has welcomed two happy and healthy baby marmosets to its community. The zoo is now calling on members of the public to help name the as-yet unnamed new born marmoset twins.

In the wild, common marmosets face threat of habitat loss from deforestation with an estimated 80% of forests in Cerrado Region, Brazil felled since 1970*. The successful breeding of two healthy marmosets is an invaluable milestone for the Devon-based family attraction.

Dartmoor Zoo’s Curator Tom Lowry commented: “We are thrilled with the arrival of two healthy Common Marmosets. The species is intelligent, inquisitive and playful – and their offspring are irresistible! We’re already seeing their personalities develop and we know they’ll be very popular with visitors to Dartmoor Zoo.”

Born on 17th of July, both of the baby marmosets are in perfect health, and are bonding well with first time parents, Ted and Marmalade – who take it in turns to care for the babies while the other rests.

Once the Marmoset twins are more mobile, the Marmoset family will then move into a brand-new enclosure, built by the Dartmoor Zoo team and Cornwall Glass who donated and fitted all the glazing, and helped with the mesh-work. The marmosets’ new enclosure has plenty of ropes and branches for them to play and climb on.

Dartmoor Zoo’s Curator Tom Lowry added: “Ted and Marmalade are taking to parenthood very well. The pair are working together to care for each other and their new offspring. The progression of the twin’s development has been very positive, the keepers will continue to monitor them closely. The future is looking bright for the new family here at Dartmoor Zoo.

 “Although common marmosets are considered a lower concern on the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List of Threatened Species, their population is sadly decreasing due to the threat to their habitat. It is our upmost priority at Dartmoor Zoo to educate and inspire the general public about wildlife conservation and improve captive animal management by providing a safe environment for animals under threat in the wild.”

Dartmoor Zoo was established in 2007 when Benjamin Mee and his family bought an ailing zoo, near Plymouth in Devon. Since then Ben, his family and team have built the Zoo into the popular tourist attraction it is today. Ben wrote a book about his experience and in 2011 it was made into the Hollywood Film – ‘We Bought a Zoo’ starring Matt Damon. In 2014 Dartmoor Zoo became a charity, of which Ben is CEO. Today the Zoo is heavily involved in research, conservation and education projects to promote the welfare of animals and to enrich both the lives of humans and animals.

Would you like to help Dartmoor Zoo name the baby marmosets? The keepers will shortlist two names from suggestions sent in by the public. To nominate a name or two, please email zoobase@dartmoorzoo.co.uk  and mention why the names would suit the twins! Winners will be announced on Facebook.

To find out more about Dartmoor Zoo visit www.dartmoorzoo.org.uk

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* It is estimated 80% of forests in the Cerrado Region, Brazil have been cleared for agriculture since 1970.  Source National Primate Research Centre, University of Wisconsin

http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/factsheets/entry/common_marmoset/cons

https://www.reuters.com/investigates/special-report/brazil-deforestation/

Notes

Dartmoor Zoo is a 33-acre site located on the fringes of Dartmoor, Devon where it employs approximately 40 staff and over 90 volunteers. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of indoor and outdoor attractions from daily big cat feeds and animal talks to falconry displays and close encounters with reptiles, amphibians and creepy crawlies.

Dartmoor Zoo was established in 2007 when Benjamin Mee and his family bought an ailing zoo. Since then Ben, his family and team have built the Zoo into the popular tourist attraction it is today. Ben wrote a book about his experience and in 2011 it was made into the Hollywood Film ‘We Bought a Zoo’ starring Matt Damon. In 2014 the Zoo became a charity, of which Ben is CEO. Today the Zoo is heavily involved in research, conservation and education projects to promote the welfare of animals and to enrich both the lives of humans and animals.

At the heart of all Dartmoor Zoo’s activities is conservation. By improving conservation through research, the Zoo is finding ways to help animal numbers and habitats, it’s investigating ways to protect the environment and identifying means by which humans and nature can interact to create better health and well-being.

As well as developing international conservation and education programmes, Dartmoor Zoo aims to establish a world class research centre in animal cognition, exploring animal consciousness to promote the welfare of animals around the world. 

Dartmoor Zoo’s work helps to enrich people’s lives by encouraging volunteering, training and education.  Dartmoor Zoo’s research department works alongside keepers to design ideas for animal welfare and enrichment, evaluating their success with the animals to provide continual improvements.

2 Comments

  1. Janet Wager says:

    Baby Marmoset suggested name MARMADUKE

  2. Gillian Black says:

    The visit today meant so much for many reasons; I moved to Devon a few years ago from Surrey and wanted to go for a long time but for various reasons, didn’t.
    I grew up always being obsessed with animals and wildlife and we were very lucky in that my dad took us to places where we could see these wonderful animals-
    Longleat, Marwell , Windsor Safari park (long gone)eg. I remember going to Chessington some years ago however, with friends and being upset at the one Tiger there that was showing obvious signs of distress and frustration. Things were different then but I was always aware of an animal that was suffering.
    The visit today to Dartmoor however was so positive; I could clearly see that all the animals were relaxed and content. It was like visiting a little family!
    The staff obviously love all the animals and are genuinely happy to be working there!
    I have not seen the film or read the book about the Zoo but I am aware of the struggle Mr Mee and his family were faced with. My brother died from a brain tumour …so it meant a lot to be there and think, you cared about these animals enough to fight for them despite your loss.
    Thank you so much for saving them ..these animals are so precious , each and every one of them. Bless you.

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