Help Dartmoor Zoo name its new marmosets

Dartmoor Zoo has welcomed two happy and healthy baby marmosets to its community. The zoo is now calling on members of the public
to help name the new born marmoset twins.

Dartmoor Zoo’s curator, Tom Lowry, commented: “We are thrilled with the arrival of two healthy Common Marmosets. The species is intelligent, inquisitive and playful – and their offspring are irresistible! We’re already seeing their personalities develop and we know they’ll be very popular with visitors to Dartmoor Zoo.”

Born on 17th of July, the baby marmosets are in perfect health, and are bonding well with first time parents, Ted and Marmalade – who take it in turns to care for the babies while the other rests.

Once the marmoset twins are more mobile, the marmoset family will then move into a brand-new enclosure, built by the Dartmoor Zoo team and Cornwall Glass who donated and fitted all the glazing, and helped with the mesh-work. The marmosets’ new enclosure has plenty of ropes and branches for them to play and climb on.

Tom Lowry added: “Ted and Marmalade are taking to parenthood very well. The pair are working together to care for each other and their new
offspring. The progression of the twins’ development has been very positive, the keepers will continue to monitor them closely. The future is looking bright for the new family here at Dartmoor Zoo.

Would you like to help Dartmoor Zoo name the baby marmosets? The keepers will shortlist two names from suggestions sent in by the public.

To nominate a name or two, please email: zoobase@dartmoorzoo.co.uk and mention why the names would suit the twins! Winners will be announced on Facebook.

To find out more about Dartmoor Zoo visit www.dartmoorzoo.org.uk

Stuart Clarke

Author: Stuart Clarke

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