The Racine Zoo is excited to announce our third generation of emperor tamarin babies! Twin tamarins were born in the early morning hours of Earth Day, April 22 to first-time parents Amelie and Pitino. Amelie was born at the Racine Zoo herself in 2017 and these babies represent the ninth tamarin birth since Isabella moved to the Racine Zoo in 2012. Rearing baby tamarins is a family affair, with all members of the family group assisting in carrying, grooming, and caring for young. The babies are thriving and both parents are sharing parenting duties beautifully.
The Racine Zoo is one of only three facilities to successfully breed emperor tamarins in six years, and is critical to the breeding success of these Amazonian monkeys whose wild populations are declining due to deforestation and habitat loss. Marquis, the grandfather of the twins, is the oldest emperor tamarin in US Zoos at 12 years old, and of the 23 tamarins in US Zoos, 10 are descended from Marquis and Isabella. Emperor tamarins are small monkeys known for their charismatic white “mustache,” and are found in lowland rainforests of Peru, Brazil, and Bolivia.
Directly support the care of the tamarin babies with a purchase of a shirt or sweatshirt showing off your love for the tamarins! Youth and adult sizes available in different colors. Racine Zoo thanks you for your kind contribution!
**Must order before Sunday, May 31, 2020!** Apparel will be printed and shipped after May 31.