We want your vote (via comment, facebook, email, or twitter) for best hair do. America's newest Golden Lion Tamarins are facing off in a ZooBorns showdown for coolest coiffe. ('Elvis', on the left, is from Zoo Atlanta and 'Orolito', right, is from Cleveland Metroparks Zoo). Send the name of your pick via any of the channels above and we'll tally the results. Click the images below to enlarge.
Extra points may be awarded for clinging technique...
Belgium's Antwerp Zoo recently welcomed Golden Headed Lion Tamarin twins. These little Brazilian monkeys are endangered in the wild and, while the population decline seems to have been stabilized thanks to conservation efforts in Brazil's União Biological Reserve, continued habitat destruction outside of the park makes the prospects of reintroduction beyond União bleak.
Idaho's Zoo Boise proudly announces the newest member of the family - a cotton-top tamarin baby. The female tamarin was born at Zoo Boise on November 6, 2009. Tamarins are small primates from South America; the baby is the first tamarin born at Zoo Boise... (Lead 2 Photos by Shawn Raecke/Idaho Statesman)
After the jump: More photos and a Q & A with The Idaho Statesman
Zoo keepers and veterinary staff at Denver Zoo are working around the clock to care for emperor tamarin twins, orphaned after the death of their mother. Yana, the twins’ mother, died on July 30, just three weeks after giving birth from cancer.
Apenheul Primate Park in the Netherlands is a unique institution where monkeys, apes and other primates are free to wander within the park forming their own natural social groups. All of the pictures below were taken last week by photographer Jean Kern. Just like their fellow primates, humans, mom and baby stick close together.
Baby Western lowland gorilla and mom
Baby Barbary macaque and mom
Baby crowned sifaka and mom
Baby golden-headed lion tamarin and mom
... and we couldn't resist these cattle egret chicks...
Cotton-Topped Tamarins are the punk rockers of the New World monkeys. These little guys were born at Zoo Basel just last week. When alarmed cotton-tops raise the fur on top of their heads to make themselves look bigger and warn others.
Couldn't resist the close-up...
Utah's Hogle Zoo had a Mother's Day surprise when "Puddles," the golden lion tamarin gave birth to twins late this past Saturday night. An endangered species, there are estimated to be only about 1,000 individuals left in their native Brazil.
The babies cling tightly to mom's back as you can see below (look carefully).
Last month, the Denver Zoo welcomed a brand new bundle of joy. This time, it's a Golden Lion Tamarin. The newborn weighed less than 100 grams, about as much as an average kiwi fruit.
The Como Zoo in St. Paul, MN, welcomed adorable new baby Emperor Tamarins just a few days ago. Named for its resemblance to the German emperor Wilhelm II, Emperor Tamarins live in social groups of two to eight led by the oldest female. Mutual grooming plays an important role for bonding and socializing.
Thanks to Jim H. for the pics!