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Symbio excited at birth of Cotton Top Tamarin Twins

Spring has sprung and the first of Symbio's new family has arrived just in time for the school holiday’s. Early September we welcomed new Cotton Top Tamarin twins adding to this popular tiny monkey family and strengthening a critically endangered population.

The Cotton Top Tamarins are critically endangered monkeys and are part of an international breeding program which we proudly participates in.

Mum Bella and Dad Mitu are relishing in their successful parenting with the new twins being the fourth set for mum and dad, who were paired in 2009 and have since proven to be a successful breeding matchup.

Born on Wednesday 4 September 2013, the Cotton Top Tamarin twins (yet to be named) are settling into their home with mum Bella, dad Mitu and their 5 older siblings.

“As a zoo we take our role in providing a safe and positive home environment for our wildlife very seriously.  We participate in a number of conservation and breeding programs of which our Tamarins are part of.” said Matt Radnidge General Manager “Our dedicated team of Zoo Keepers are ensuring that our new twins are settling in well.”

The Cotton Top Tamarin twins are in the exhibit with their parents and siblings and can be seen these school holiday’s.


Photo Courtesy of Illawarra Mercury Photographer Robert Peet