Salisbury Zoo welcomes two endangered marmosets

The Salisbury Zoo has acquired two white-fronted marmosets, a female from Brandywine Zoo and a male from the El Paso Zoo.

The female was born in 2007; the male was born in 2011. Both primates were captive born.

These two are on loan from the Brazilian government.

White-fronted marmosets are endangered and are a managed by the Species Survival Program animal. This pair has been recommended for breeding at the Salisbury Zoo.

White-fronted marmosets, also called Geoffroy’s marmosets are found in East-Central Brazil in the lowland rainforest. Their wild diet consists of fruit, insects, nectar and sap and they tend to stay in groups of 8-10 family members.

Gestation within marmosets is about 140 days and they usually produce 1-3 offspring. The young are carried by their father for the first 2 weeks and are weaned and independent by 5-6 months.

Their lifespan is approximately 10 years in the wild and up to 16 years in captivity. These are small primates. They are blackish brown and their tails are ringed with grey and black bands. Adults have white faces and throats. They are active by day and spend nights sleeping in tree cavities or other refuges.

The numbers of white-fronted marmosets are declining due to habitat loss, hunting and capture for the pet trade.

The Salisbury Zoo hopes to be successful in the SSP breeding program that they may help sustain the captive population of white-fronted marmosets.

Visitors can find the marmosets on exhibit in the Salisbury Zoo’s “Tropics Trail”, exhibiting with the three, two toed- sloths.  For more information about marmosets visit: www.salisburyzoo.org.

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