Joy at birth of marmosets

A WILDLIFE centre in Essex is celebrating after the birth marmoset triplets Parents Martha and Emilio enjoyed the new arrivals eight days ago at Tropical Wings World of Wildlife in South Woodham Ferrers.

A WILDLIFE centre in Essex is celebrating after the birth marmoset triplets

Parents Martha and Emilio enjoyed the new arrivals eight days ago at Tropical Wings World of Wildlife in South Woodham Ferrers.

Conservation Officer Fiona Martin said: “Marmoset dads are fantastic. They help with the mothers during birth and take a share at babysitting. Emilio's doing a really good job but he does look a bit crowded sometimes when he takes all three.”

Tropical Wings has kept marmosets for about 10 years with no breeding success. So when the zoo was offered a pair of Geoffroy's marmosets - which are classified as vulnerable - it jumped at the chance.

Belonging to the monkey family, they are a relatively primitive species and have characteristic white tufts around the face, neck and forehead.

The Geoffroy's marmoset has been declining in numbers since its natural habitat in Brazil was destroyed.

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