World’s smallest monkeys born at Belfast Zoo

You can see the pygmy marmosets in the gorilla house at Belfast Zoo.

You can see the pygmy marmosets in the gorilla house at Belfast Zoo.

Two of the world’s smallest monkeys are the latest new arrivals at Belfast Zoo.

The twin pygmy marmosets, who are now just over one month old, are South American primates usually found in the tropical forests of the upper Amazon basin.

Adults only weigh between four and five ounces when fully grown.

Zoo manager, Mark Challis, said he is delighted with the new arrivals, “Our gorilla house is home to both the largest and smallest primates in the world, demonstrating the vast difference between the two.

“2013 has been an exciting year in the gorilla house as we welcomed Baako, the first Western lowland gorilla to be born here in 16 years, and we are now celebrating the arrival of our tiny twin pygmy marmosets!

“The twins are carried by their parents but are becoming increasingly adventurous and are beginning to venture off the parents’ backs to explore their surroundings.”

The main threats facing pygmy marmosets are habitat destruction and the pet trade.

You can support the care of Belfast Zoo’s pygmy marmosets by taking part in the animal adoption scheme.

Find out more at www.belfastzoo.co.uk/adoption, email adoption@belfastzoo.co.uk or call 028 9077 6277 extension 229.


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