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!
The Golden Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia) also known as Golden Marmoset, is a small New World monkey of the family Cebidae. Native to the Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil, the Golden Lion Tamarin is an endangered species with an estimated wild population of "more than 1,000 individuals" and a captive population maintained at approximately 490 individuals.