Endangered Cotton-Top Tamarin Born at Cape May County Zoo
Well, we know what the animals at the Cape May County Zoo have been doing during the pandemic...
Officials at the Cape May County Zoo have announced a Cotton-Top Tamarin was born on August 3rd to 13-year-old Cordelia and 5-year-old Tam-Tam. This marks the first time in over 17 years that a Cotton-Top Tamarin has been born at the zoo.
A press release says,
Dr. Alex Ernst, Associate Veterinarian, reported the birth as the first 'Quarantine' birth at the Zoo. Gestation is usually 5 months and one to two babies is common. "Our Cotton-Top tamarins are a Species Survival Plan pair and every successful birth helps to stabilize the future for these Critically Endangered South American primates," Ernst explained.
Freeholder E. Marie Hayes said, "It is always exciting to announce a new birth at the Zoo. However, the birth of an SSP protected tamarin is significant in the worldwide conservation effort. The fact that our Zoo participates in this program is a source of pride for all of us."
According to the zoo, since 1976, Cotton-Top Tamarins have been given the highest level of protection and all international trade has been banned. Currently, the species is at-risk due to large-scale habitat destruction. Only 6,000 are thought to be left in the wild.
The Cape May County Zoo is open daily from 10AM until 4:30PM. Masks or face coverings for visitors over the age of two and social distancing is required. Admission to the zoo is free and donations are accepted.
SOURCE: Cape May County Zoo press release, 08/14/20