Lake Superior Zoo welcomes critically endangered primate baby

The zoo's cotton-top tamarins, Mira (mom) and Deno (dad) are the proud parents of a new baby.
The zoo's cotton-top tamarins, Mira (mom) and Deno (dad) are the proud parents of a new baby.(Lake Superior Zoo)
Published: Aug. 23, 2022 at 2:09 PM CDT
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DULUTH, MN -- Duluth’s Lake Superior Zoo has welcomed a critically-endangered primate baby.

The zoo’s cotton-top tamarins, Mira (mom) and Deno (dad) are the proud parents.

Zoo leaders are allowing the family time to adjust before checking the gender of the baby. Eventually, they plan to name them.

The new baby can often be seen clinging to its dad’s back and zoo officials have witnessed both parents take part in grooming and other care.

Cotton-top tamarins are protected by the Species Survival Plan (SSP), a conservation strategy put in place by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

The Lake Superior Zoo's new cotton-top tamarin baby poses for a photo.
The Lake Superior Zoo's new cotton-top tamarin baby poses for a photo.(Lake Superior Zoo)

“Being a part of the Species Survival Plan Program is a crucial piece of accomplishing our mission here at the Lake Superior Zoo,” said Lake Superior Zoo’s Chief Executive Officer, Haley Hedstrom. “A birth like this is quite an extraordinary event and definitely something to celebrate. With cotton-top tamarins being critically endangered, we are proud to be a part of the efforts to hopefully someday be able to grow the population in the wild.”

The cotton-top tamarin is listed as critically endangered. There are only 35 breeding pairs of cotton-top tamarins in AZA accredited zoos in the world, one of them being at Lake Superior Zoo.

Guests can now visit the family in the Zoo’s Primate Conservation Center.