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Critically Endangered Cotton-Top Tamarin Twins Born At Cape May County Park & Zoo, Doubling The Happiness

You may haven’t heard of this species before, but the cotton-top tamarin is truly worth your attention with a striking look, an impressive lifestyle and above all, a wonderfully sweet personality. Recently, these charming monkeys have made people fall for them all over again after a cotton-top tamarin dad was spotted helping his partner take care of their newborn twins multiple times at Cape May County Park & Zoo, New Jersey.

Image source: Cape May County Park & Zoo

Lil’ T came to the Cape May County Park & Zoo in 2019 to pair up with a cotton-top tamarin female there, Cordelia. It didn’t take the 4-year-old boy very long to settle down and enjoy his new habitat back then.

Needless to say, Lil T’ and Cordelia got along pretty well too. The couple welcomed their first baby Kida (who was named after Disney warrior princess Kida Nedakh from “Atlantis: The Lost Empire”) last August and Lil T’ had been an awesome daddy to her.

Image source: Cape May County Park & Zoo

Their little family became much bigger this summer as Cordelia gave birth to two other kids Drizzt and Liriel (nicknamed Lira) on May 13.

Image source: Cape May County Park & Zoo

All of the family members love this endearing addition. Both Lil T’ and Kida have helped with carrying the twins whenever they are not nursing so mom Cordelia could have the break she needs.

Image source: Cape May County Park & Zoo

It has been a few months since these two cuties came to this world and according to their zookeepers, they are doing fabulously.

“Drizzt is very bold and already trains well for his keepers,” the staff wrote. “Lira is a little shyer and prefers to just steal food from her dad! They are both constantly exploring their surroundings, especially the banana trees. Every day is a new adventure!”

Image source: Cape May County Park & Zoo

The cotton-top tamarins (also known as the cotton-headed tamarins and crested tamarins) are famous for their eye-catching white hair that often reminds people of the great physicist Albert Einstein. As an Amazonian species of tamarin, they are mostly found in tropical forest edges and secondary forests in northwestern Colombia.

Unfortunately, these friendly primates have lost 80% of their population in the last two decades due to deforestation and the pet trade. They are now listed as “critically endangered” with about 6,000 individuals left in the wild.

If you find this cotton-top tamarin family adorable as we do, please share this post with your loved ones!

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