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Tamarin are an Endangered Species

It is so worrying to know that many breeds of animals are in danger of becoming extinct.Tamarins do not eat meat at all, and are not hunters, they eat fruits and other plant parts as well as spiders, insects, small vertebrates and bird eggs.

Here we have the Tamarin monkey who have lost nearly all their homes to human development. Some are still being born in Zoss, just like these twins in the story below.

Cotton-top Tamarins (Saguinus oedipus) are considered to be one of the world’s 25 most endangered primates and are classified as “Critically Endangered” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), making them one of South America’s rarest monkeys. Rampant deforestation and gold mining have destroyed an estimated 95% of their natural habitat. In the wild, these exceptionally rare creatures are restricted to a tiny corner of north-west Colombia.

Approximately 6,000 individuals remain in the wild, which is a devastatingly low figure, considering their numbers once ranged between 20,000 to 30,000 in the 1960s and 1970s.The twin’s new father Johnny (named for punk star Johnny Rotten) is an important individual for the European Endangered Species Programme (EEP). He has an impressively pure bloodline, so these new births are considered significant additions to the EEP, helping to ensure the genetic diversity of this rare and wonderful species.

Source: Tamarin – ZooBorns