|Knoxville Zoo Welcomes Two Baby Marmosets
|February 17, 2011 -
Two baby Geoffrey's marmosets have
made their debut at Knoxville Zoo. The twins were born to
parents Willow and Newton on February 6. Visitors can look
closely and see the two tiny monkeys being carried by one of
their parents, who will share the responsibility of raising them.
Geoffrey's marmosets are found in the rainforests of
southeastern Brazil, and live in family groups. For the first few
weeks, the offspring will rely heavily on their mother and will be
carried by her most of the time, although their father may carry
one or both of the babies when they are not nursing.
Geoffrey's marmosets are threatened with extinction in the wild.
Knoxville Zoo participates in the Species Survival Plan (SSP)
for Geoffrey's marmosets, which manages the population of
threatened and endangered animals in zoos accredited by the
Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to maintain a healthy
genetic population. Geoffrey's marmosets are exhibited at only
28 zoos in the U.S. and there are just over 100 marmosets in the
captive population. Knoxville Zoo is home to one of only 16
"We're very excited about the two newest additions to the marmoset family," says Cathleen Wise,
marmoset keeper. "It's always a great experience to watch the entire family help raise the young ones
and to see the social dynamics within the family unit. We're also happy because the birth of such
endangered animals helps expand the number of individuals within the Geoffrey's marmoset Species
Knoxville Zoo is Knoxville's largest year-round attraction. Located off exit 392A from Interstate 40, the
zoo is open every day except Christmas Day. Knoxville Zoo is nationally accredited by the Association
of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being,
ethics, conservation, and education. Currently, the zoo is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Admission and ticket sales stop one-hour before the zoo closes. Next-day admission is free after 3 p.m.
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