The Goeldi’s Marmoset troop at the Vancouver Aquarium welcomed a new addition in early September. This is the fourth baby born to Ginger, the troop’s matriarch, and an important addition to the captive population of these primates, which are classified as Vulnerable by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
Kristen Brown, the animal care specialist responsible for these animals, says that female Goeldi’s marmosets generally have two offspring a year. Kristen says the baby will spend the next couple of weeks hanging on to its mom’s shoulders, crawling to her belly when it’s time to nurse. Eventually, the baby will begin to venture out on its own and become interested in what everyone else is eating: fruits, vegetables and insects.
After two months, the baby will start jumping and climbing as it grows stronger. And if past experience is any indication, it will also start to chase and be chased by its brothers and sisters.
Goeldi’s Marmosets are native to the upper Amazon Basin in South America. These tiny primates are only about 8 inches (20 cm) long, excluding the tail. Like most tropical primates, they feed on fruit, insects, and small vertebrates. During the dry season, they feed on fungi, making them the only tropical primate to depend on this food item.
Photo Credit: Neil Fisher