Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens has been given permission to house a pair of rare Emperor Tamarins. The two males arrived in early February from Paignton Zoo and they have settled in well.
The process to become a member of the endangered breeding programme for these rare monkeys started over a year ago and approval has just recently been confirmed. In 2014 Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens became a full member of the British and Irish Association for Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA) and has since worked closely with a breeding programme coordinator to ensure that the zoo has the appropriate accommodation and skills to look after these endangered monkeys.
The breeding programme, which is managed throughout all European Zoos, ensures that the best males and females are paired together. This helps to ensure that there is a large population in captivity in case the wild population was to suffer great losses, or even extinction due to deforestation and the pet trade.
Steven Sykes, Animal Resource Centre Manager at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens said: “We are delighted to have these Emperor Tamarins at the zoo and it’s great to be part of this programme to protect endangered species like these rare monkeys.”
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens houses over 200 species of animals including other small new world monkey species such as the critically endangered cotton-top tamarin and endangered Goeldi’s monkey.