Como Zoo announced the birth of twins today — baby Emperor Tamarin Twins! A boy and a girl (they think). The twins were born on January 27th and are now on display. There are only about 30 Emperor Tamarins in U.S. zoos. These tiny primates are currently only about 40 grams and will grow to be around 1 pound.
Next weekend, from Saturday through Monday, Como will be celebrating Woo At The Zoo, and the public is invited to help name the pair. My vote is for Wolfgang and Nannerl, as they will share a birthday with Mozart.
Tamarins are the Stay-At-Home-Dads of the animal kingdom. The fathers do the majority of the care-taking, usually only handing the infants over to the mother for nursing, and siblings often help the father carry the infants. That’s my life exactly.
The Woo At The Zoo event will also include activities during regular zoo hours (currently 10:00am to 4:00pm).
- Love at the Zoo: Learn more about mating programs and the Species Survival Plan program, including how exhibits were built with mating programs in mind. Includes an 11:00 am Zookeeper Talk: Love at the Zoo
- Pollination Plants can woo too! Learn about the birds and the bees and the humans and how we all work together toward the pollination of plants. Includes a 1:00 pm Special Gardener Talk.
- Make & Take Craft – Make a Valentines with your family.
- Mmmmm….Chocolate! Learn how chocolate is made and get a sample while supplies last.
- Special Enrichments! As you walk through the zoo, see how many special Valentine enrichments you can spot.
- Happy Birthday Cupid! The baby Tamarins aren’t the only winter birthdays. Cupid the penguin was born on Valentines day. Stop by to see the birthday penguin.