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Drayton Manor Zoo welcomes newborn twin cotton top tamarins

Keepers at Drayton Manor Zoo are celebrating two new additions.

Kit and Leo

Kit and Leo

Twin cotton top tamarins Kit and Leo were born weighing just 45g.

Zoo manager Chris Mitchell said the pair were bron to first time parents Ellie and Berrie.

“Little Kit and Leo have recently been sexed and we’re happy to confirm we have twin baby males and both are growing stronger by the day,” Chris said. “Their white hair is due to come through over the coming months so they’ll look more like their parents.

“They’re just starting to show off their cheeky personalities winning us over here at the park, and we hope lots of families visit over the season to say hello.

“The cotton top tamarin is one of the smallest and rarest primates. They’re listed as critically endangered as their population is around 6,000 in the wild, so it is important for us to have a genetically healthy captive population as a safety net in case the worst happens.”

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