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Marwell Zoo welcomes historic new arrivals

Picture credited to Marwell Wildlife

Two tiny squirrel monkeys have made history at Marwell Zoo near Winchester.

They’ve become the first to be born at the site in Hampshire for 15 years.

The Guianan squirrel monkeys, born on the 7th and 8th October, are the first squirrel monkey babies born at Marwell Zoo for 15 years. 

The mothers are Gwyneth, age six, and Reyes, age four, and the father is Max, a 13-year-old, who arrived from Cotswold Wildlife Park in April 2019. 

The news comes shortly after the zoo welcomed the arrival of an endangered Grevy’s zebra foal and critically endangered mountain bongo calf in September. 

Neither of the squirrel monkey infants have been sexed yet, as keepers leave the mothers and babies to bond and socialise with the rest of the group.

(Pictures credited to Marwell Wildlife)

Jamie Wharton, Primates & Small Mammals Team Leader at Marwell Wildlife, said: 

“As their name suggests, squirrel monkeys are small primates, and these infants are tiny. They weigh around a hundred grams, which is about the same as a small apple, and the young cling to their mother’s front or back, so you need to look carefully to spot them.

“As the babies grow older and gain more confidence, they will play and interact with each other loads, so that will be great to see.”

The animals are normally found in countries including Brazil.

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