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Racine Zoo Welcomes Twin Emperor Tamarins

The Racine Zoo is celebrating the birth of two adorable emperor tamarins.

The twins were born on February 24.

Mom, Isabella, is from the New England Zoo and dad, Marquis, is from the San Francisco Zoo.

The two have been mates since the summer of 2012.

According to the Racine Zoo, only the Como Zoo in St. Paul, MN, and the Racine Zoo have successfully bred this type of tamarin.

“We couldn’t be happier for the baby tamarin twins.” Said Crystal Champeau-Williams, primary primate specialist “our breeding pair is such a great couple; we hope to be expecting wonderful possibilities for them down the road.”

Emperor tamarins are found in Peru, Brazil and Bolivia.

“The Racine Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP). We are proud to help increase the conservation of endangered species for generations to come. The tamarins are playful little animals that deserve a bright outlook.” Said Elizabeth Heidorn, Executive Director of the Racine Zoo.

Winter admission rates are only $4 for adults and $3.50 for seniors. For more information on the Racine Zoo, its programs and events, visit www.racinezoo.org,

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