They say good things come in pairs and that’s definitely the case at Drayton Manor Zoo, as the Tamworth attraction has welcomed two Pygmy Marmosets, born on Tuesday 27th June. The new arrivals are already getting in to the ‘swing’ of things and making friends, under the watchful eye of their doting parents, Chillido and Wicket.
Pygmy Marmosets are listed as Least Concerned on the IUCN Red List, however, their wild population is decreasing due to being severely fragmented. They are also at threat because of habitat destruction and the pet trade, so it’s fantastic that Drayton Manor Zoo is able to breed and raise them in a safe environment.
They originate from South American Rainforests and their diet consists of gum, plants, fruits insects and sap. This clever species use their sharp teeth to gnaw at trees for the sap to be released and like other monkeys, they love being high up in the trees and live in groups of around a dozen.
Chris Mitchell, Zoo Manager at Drayton Manor Park, said: “Everyone here at the zoo is over the moon with our baby Pygmy Marmosets and it’s always fantastic when our breeding programmes deliver us some new arrivals.”
On a visit to Drayton Manor Zoo families can make memories and learn all about animal welfare and the exciting conservation projects that the zoo is actively involved in.