Thursday, August 19, 2010

Twin Tamarins Born At Bristol Zoo

Twin Golden Lion Tamarins have been born at the attraction thanks to their captive breeding programme.

The arrival of the twins is being seen as a great step forward in saving the endangered primate species from extinction.

The creatures are found in the rainforests of Brazil, but around 90% of their original forest habitat has now been cut down.

In 2003 Golden Lion Tamarins were down-listed from 'Critically Endangered' to 'Endangered' on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Robert Rouse looks at the mammals at Bristol Zoo, he said: "In the 80's they were down to around 400 in the wild. But now thanks to the efforts of zoos like Bristol, gene pools and conservation efforts within captivity; they're now up to around 1,600 out in the wild. Every animal is important especially these two here."

It's the first time the Tamarins have been successfully bred at Bristol Zoo. Robert added: "We have to make sure we have the right animals paired together. We also look at genetics, and how genetically viable they are because obviously we don't want to inbreed any of our animals. It's really important we move our animals around worldwide.

"The mum that's just given birth was only moved in earlier on in the year as part of a breeding programme, so we're really chuffed she's bred with our male and produced these two offspring."

Full story here.

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