Geoffrey’s Tamarin Twins at WCS's Prospect Park Zoo Get Official Names
Zoo-Goers helped name the twins at www.ProspectParkZoo.com
Video of Tira and Misu
Brooklyn, NY – June 21, 2010 – Recently, the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Prospect Park Zoo
debuted twin baby Geoffrey’s tamarins that were born just in time for Father’s
Day. Zoo-goers were invited to help name the twins on the zoo’s website and the
results are in. By popular demand, with a total of 169 votes, the twins are now
called Tira and Misu. “In keeping with the delectable names of the parents and
siblings, we selected a pair of names that are reasonably gender neutral and
certainly as sweet as these twin monkeys” said Facility Director Denise McClean.
Tira and Misu are less than six inches long and sport adorable
scrunched-up faces. These precious
primates don’t stray too far from mom and dad and the father often provides a
much needed break for his mate as he gives piggyback rides to the tykes.
Although they are still too young for zoo keepers to identify
the gender of the baby tamarins, both keepers and zoo-goers are enjoying the
new arrivals.Tira and Misu are adjusting nicely to their new environment in
their naturalistic forest setting in the zoo’s Animal Lifestyles building.
Geoffrey’s tamarins are native to South America and live in
groups that can have as many as 20 members. All troop members help care for the
young, including males. Like other tamarins, Geoffrey’s tamarins are arboreal,
so they depend upon healthy forests for food and survival.
Unfortunately, healthy forests in central and eastern Panama
and Columbia are getting harder to come by for this species. Deforestation and
other types of habitat loss are putting monkey species in serious peril in the
wild. In an effort to protect the tamarin and other regional primates, WCS
works in these native lands to reconcile human development needs with wildlife
and wild land conservation.
Photo Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © Wildlife Conservation
Video Credit: Luke Groskin © Wildlife Conversation
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Society’s Prospect Park Zoo – $7.00
for adults, $4.00 for seniors 65 and older, $3.00 for kids 3-12, free for
children under 3. Fall hours are 10a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
weekdays and 10am to 5:30 pm weekends and holidays. The Prospect Park Zoo is
located at 450 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Park, Brooklyn. For further
information, call 718-399-7339 or visit www.prospectparkzoo.com
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