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Critically endangered cotton-top tamarins born

It's double trouble for one zoo in Winchester where two baby monkeys have been born.

The twins, which have not yet been named, are cotton-top tamarins and were born at Marwell Zoo.

Their parents, Inca and Roca,have been teaching their one week old babies how to look after themselves but it could be up to five weeks before the babies venture out on their own.

It's not yet known whether the proud parents have given birth to boys or girls.

Tamarins are on the critical endangered list and it's estimated their numbers have decreased by 80 per cent over the past two decades.

"Inca and Roca are first-time parents and they are doing a fantastic job for caring for the twins. Dad takes on most of the carrying duties and Mum takes over to feed them. Cotton tops are generally a bold species so we are looking forward to the babies becoming more independent and causing trouble."

– Claire Mound, Senior Zoo Keeper

Endangered twin monkeys born at Marwell Zoo

A pair of critically endangered cotton-top tamarin monkeys have successfully given birth to twins at Marwell Zoo.

It is too early to determine whether the babies are male or female but they will be examined closely once they have had time to bond with their Mum, Inca and Dad, Roca.

The cotton-top tamarin species is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List and it is believed the reduction in population is due to destruction of habitat.

At just over one-week-old the little monkeys are seen clinging onto their dad. Credit: MarwellZoo

Claire Mound, senior keeper for Marwell Zoo’s primates, said:

Inca and Roca are first-time parents and they are doing a fantastic job for caring for the twins. Dad takes on most of the carrying duties and Mum takes over to feed them. Over the next few weeks the babies will begin to develop and take notice of their surroundings. Normally between 2-5 weeks old they will become mobile and start venturing off of mum and dad.

We will expect to see them trying solid food from around a month old but they will not be fully weaned until approximately 4-6 months old. Cotton tops are generally a bold species so we are looking forward to the babies becoming more independent and causing trouble.

– Claire Mound


Zookeepers and animals are Happy like Pharrell

From zoo keepers busting a move in the giraffe house to volunteers strutting their stuff at admissions, Marwell Zoo has created their very own version of Pharrell’s hit song ‘Happy’.

The charity, which has its own choir, has re-written the lyrics to to celebrate the arrival of Velma the dinosaur.

Velma is a living Velociraptor and will be part of Marwell’s summer event ‘Rise of the Dinosaurs’.

James Cretney, Chief Executive of Marwell Wildlife said: “It was great fun for everyone to get together to promote a worthy cause. So with dinosaurs arriving this summer, the choir decided to take on the Pharrell song ‘Happy’.

Baby hippo born in time for Christmas

The tiny female calf is already on her feet Credit: Marwell

A baby hippo has been born in time for Christmas at Marwell's Wildlife Park and are asking the public to name the new addition.

Weighing just 6 kilos and measuring 15cm in height, the new arrival is already on her feet exploring her new home.

Her 18-year-old mum, Wendy, lived at Marwell and her Dad stayed with Marwell in the summer and the hippo is an important addition to the European Endangered Breeding Programme (EEP).

Staff want the public to help name the hippo by choosing between Gloria, Rosie and Harriet on their website.

Shelly Parkes, Collection Manager at Marwell Zoo said: "We have had a very successful and busy winter this year with lots of new arrivals in the zoo. The birth of a pygmy hippo, a species which is Endangered in the wild, is another great achievement for Marwell."

In the wild pygmy hippos are elusive animals, living in the swamps of western Africa. Pygmy hippos, and their larger cousins, the common hippopotamus, play an important part in maintaining the ecosystems of the African wetlands and the surrounding grasslands and forests.

Anteater struggles to find a mate

A zoo in Hampshire has welcomed its first anteater pup, but it took a while for zookeepers to find a mate for their male anteater Ernesto.

Matchmaking attempts had previously failed, after the zoo was sent a male anteater instead of a female by mistake.

New mum Chiquita arrived from Warsaw nine months ago. She and Ernesto hit off and have now produced their first pup.

We have been patiently waiting and are absolutely delighted to have the first successful anteater birth here at Marwell. We are so proud to see Chiquita carrying the baby as it hitches a ride across her back and demonstrating maternal instincts as it’s her first pup. She seems content and we can hear the pup feeding and occasionally whistling as it talks to mum."

– Shelly Parkes, Collection Manager at Marwell Zoo

Mum and baby are currently spending a lot of their time indoors away from the cold weather. The sex of the new arrival will be determined at a later date.


New arrival for anteater parents

The 10-day-old baby anteater clings to its mum Credit: Marwell Zoo

A Hampshire zoo is welcoming a new arrival - its first a healthy anteater pup, born to first time mum Chiquita.

The youngster, which weighs just three pounds - the same as a bag of sugar and a tin of beans- was 10 days old on Monday and is going from strength to strength.

Giant anteaters come from South America and are listed as ‘vulnerable’ in the wild. Females normally give birth to one baby at a time, after a pregnancy lasting 190 days.

All anteater pups cling onto their mother's back or legs while they are young and can continue to do so for up to a year. The pup suckles milk and will begin to start eating solids from three months old.

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Snow leopard cubs venture out of their cave

The snow leopard cubs at Marwell Zoo were born on April 21. Credit: PA Wire

Three 12-week-old snow leopard cubs have ventured from their cave at Marwell Zoo near Winchester for the first time.

The trio have ventured out of their cave for the first time. Credit: PA Wire

Born on April 21, the trio spent the first few months living with their mother Irina in the safety of their den.

Two of the cubs have been named Animesh and Ariun. Credit: PA Wire

Two of the cubs have been named Animesh, which means ‘bright’ and ‘to stare open eyed’ in Nepalese, and Ariun, which means ‘pure’ in Mongolian. The third is yet to be named.

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