The David Traylor Zoo is delighted to share the arrival of triplets among the cotton-top tamarins on October 27, 2023. Born to mother Kasasa and father Hotlips, these precious infants, classified as critically endangered, mark a significant addition to the AZA's Species Survival Plan. The goal of the Species Survival Plan is to ensure a healthy and genetically diverse zoo population to keep the species stable.
The cotton-top tamarin, a diminutive New World monkey weighing less than a pound, inhabits the tropical forest edges and secondary forests of northwest Colombia in South America. These arboreal and diurnal creatures face critical endangerment primarily because over three-quarters of their native habitat has been lost to deforestation.
The genders of the trio are yet to be identified, as Zoo Veterinarian Richard Mendoza plans to conduct a thorough examination after they've had ample time to establish strong bonds within their family.
Currently, Kasasa, Hotlips, and older sibling, Oopsy, are doing an exceptional job nurturing the trio. The infants seem healthy, actively nursing, and starting to take notice of their surroundings. As the babies become stronger over the next few weeks, they'll gradually start experimenting with solid foods and will gradually explore their habitat, venturing away from their parents.
At present, the windows of the Tamarin enclosure are draped with curtains to afford Kasasa and Hotlips the essential privacy they require. This measure aims to ensure an environment free from distractions during this crucial period.
For questions, please contact Lisa Keith, Zoo Director at email@example.com or 620-341-4365.