Monday, March 22, 2010

Twin Golden Lion Tamarins Born At Zoo Atlanta

golden lion tamarins bornRobin, a 4-year-old golden lion tamarin at Zoo Atlanta, gave birth to twins on March 18, 2010. The infants, each estimated to weigh about 2 ounces, are the first offspring for Robin and her mate, 4-year-old male Theo. Members and guests can look forward to seeing Robin and her new arrivals early next week.

Named for the vivid orange manes framing their faces, golden lion tamarins are similar in size to squirrels. The primarily arboreal primates live in family groups composed of a breeding pair and their offspring. Theo (pronounced tay-oh) is expected to take an active part in caring for the new arrivals, as adult males play key roles in rearing the young.

Robin’s delivery is an exciting beginning to Zoo Atlanta’s annual golden lion tamarin free-ranging season, which is tentatively scheduled to begin in late April. Zoo Atlanta is one of only two zoos in the U.S. currently offering a free-ranging program, allowing the monkeys to take to the trees outside their indoor habitat. The tamarins wear radio collars to allow trackers to monitor their location.

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