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Shaldon Zoo's touch of gold tops breeding programme

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: September 26, 2012

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A tiny monkey with a stunning golden "mane" has topped off a summer of successful breeding at a Westcountry attraction.

Staff at Shaldon Zoo are celebrating after their Golden-headed Lion Tamarin monkeys had a baby.

Just two per cent of the monkeys' original habitat in the Brazilian forests remain, and zookeepers are especially pleased with the success of its breeding programme.

It tops off a flurry of new arrivals at the South Devon zoo, with Black-tailed marmoset, Emperor tamarins, Madagascan giant jumping rats, Yellow-breasted capuchins, Red-titi monkeys, White-faced, Pied tamarins and Brush-tailed porcupines all having babies this year.

Julie Matthews, education and research officer, said: "It's been all go for the parents rearing their young, but now the youngsters are starting to be more independent and can be seen off the parents back and are starting to explore their surroundings."

Visitors will be able to see all the babies at a Fun Day on October 7 when entry will be just £1.50.

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