Two baby golden lion tamarin monkeys were born last month at the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park. Interestingly enough, this is the second time in 2009 that twins of this species have been born at the zoo–twins were also welcomed in January.
“Golden lion tamarins are a highly endangered species found in the Atlantic coastal rainforests of Brazil,” explained Kent Yamaguchi, the Acting Zoo Director. “They use their long slender fingers to probe small crevices in plants like bromeliads for tasty insects. Golden lion tamarins also snack on various fruits as they forage through the rainforest canopy.”
The recent newborns are not on display yet, but the twins from January can be found on the zoo’s north end.