Critically Endangered Tamarin Welcomed to Local Zoo

The Lake Superior Zoo welcomes a critically endangered species to the family.


DULUTH, Minn.- The LakeĀ  Superior Zoo welcomed a baby Cotton-top Tamarin on Thursday.

Zoo officials say this is a very exciting addition to the family. Tamarins are a critically endangered species, with an estimated population in South Africa of 6,000. The baby was born following recommendations from the Species Survival Plan, a program which guides breeding of critically endangered species.

“The cute factor is far and above anything you’re going to experience anywhere,” animal management director Dave Thompson said. “Anytime you have an infant just seeing the transformation.”

For the health f the Tamarin baby, the exhibit will have limited viewing. The zoo has not determined the gender of the Tamarin. A name will be picked in the future, with help from the public.

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