Zoo arrival …
Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo is celebrating the birth of twin pied tamarins, an endangered primate which is thought to be one of the most endangered monkeys in the Amazon forests.
“The infants were born on June 10, and their heads are still covered in grey fuzzy hair which will eventually disappear as they grow older,” the zoo said in a statement.
Pied tamarins are also called “bare-faced” tamarins for their black hairless face. The infants are very small, but can be seen riding on their mother and father’s backs. Their sex is unknown, and they have not yet been named, the statement added.
Lincoln Park Zoo is one of only eight AZA-accredited institutions that house these rare primates. The zoo is part of a cooperative breeding program to help bolster their population.
Photo by Greg Neise, Lincoln Park Zoo