True love has triumphed at Brooklands Zoo, overcoming distance and border restrictions for two cotton top tamarins.
8 year old Inca, who was born at Brooklands Zoo, has been without cotton top tamarin company since her parents passed away, but is now happily settled with 3 year old Teo, a male from Taronga Zoo in Sydney.
Months of careful planning were involved in Teo’s transfer to Brooklands Zoo, with multiple Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) permits & MPI vet checks, customs clearance, quarantine and freight agent processes.
Introductions for Teo and Inca began behind the scenes in a neutral area. They could see and hear each other at a distance to start with, then they moved to areas separated by mesh. Next, because all behavioural signs were positive, the pair were introduced into the same space.
They have been inseparable ever since and have at times been seen sharing food and grooming each other says Brooklands Zoo Lead Eve Cozzi.
“They are a breeding pair and fingers crossed, we hope to see baby cotton top tamarins sometime in the future.”
Did you know:
Page last updated: 05:12PM Wed 04 August 2021