Folly Farm in Pembrokeshire, Wales is thrilled to announce the birth of two new common marmosets (Callithrix jacchus). These two tiny little scamps are the most recent success stories following the rescue and rehoming of monkeys from a science laboratory back in 2010.
These new additions come from a, now thriving, family of marmosets who were given a home at Folly Farm during one of the biggest coordinated rehoming exercises in Europe. The continuing growth of the family is proof that these adorable and beautiful monkeys continue to flourish in their new Welsh home.
These minute baby marmosets are just a couple of inches long, no bigger than a human index finger and are proving to be a real treat for visitors to Folly Farm (that’s if they can spot them tucked away in their mum’s fur!). Baby marmosets are renowned for their cuteness and it’s easy to see why! (Click here to discover why these creatures bring out the “Awww” in even the hardest of hearts.)
To celebrate the birth of Folly’s new furry friends, we thought we’d give you some marmoset facts to enjoy.
- Marmoset families are fascinating and complex. There are usually between 9-15 members in a family, with only 2 breeding females and 1 breeding male. The breeding male and one of the breeding females will share dominance over the group. These two are classified as monogamous, meaning they usually mate for life. The other breeding female, however, is usually less dominant. She is often the daughter of the primary breeding female. She typically mates with males from other social groups, but her offspring may not be strong enough to survive and may not be welcomed into the family group. Amongst the rest of the group, superiority is based purely on age.
- Because the mating instincts of the rest of the group are repressed behaviorally and psychologically, the brothers and sisters have an incentive to help rear baby marmosets (like these two new arrivals!). By helping to look after the young of the breeding male and female, the rest of the group ensure that their genes are passed on to future generations. This is especially helpful because marmosets usually give birth to non-identical twins, which means they often have their tiny hands full!
- Marmosets are communicative little monkeys. They have a wide range of different calls, cries, signals, gestures, and noises which they use to communicate with each other. They monitor the location and stance of their family members by making a low vibrato-like call known as a ‘trill’.
To find out more about Folly Farm’s growing marmoset family, other new arrivals and all of the wonderful creatures at zoo in wales, please take a look at their fun, interactive website today or – if you find yourself in Wales – why not pop in to meet the creatures in person!
By: Ceri Hughes