And to all the other primate mothers out there. The Roger Williams Park Zoo recently announced the birth of twin golden lion tamarins to mom Raff and dad Kyle.
From the ProJo:
There are only about 2,500 golden lion tamarins in the wild, but the number was even lower in the 1970s, with just 200 in the wild, according to the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute.
“Intensive conservation efforts” have helped them recover and about a third of the golden lion tamarins in the wild are descendants of those raised by humans, according to the Smithsonian.
The critically endangered golden lion tamarins (Leontopithecus rosalia) are native to Brazil, weigh about a pound, and like grapes, sweet potatoes, watermelon, bananas, apples, blueberries, and meal worms. The new arrivals have been named Hildreth and Colin.
The zoo wants to share the joy: “You can now visit the twins, along with mom Raff and the rest of the GLT family, whizzing around in our Faces of the Rainforest!” (See zoo video).
Roger Williams Park Zoo, 1000 Elmwood Avenue, (directions)