Zoo Atlanta happy to announce its 8-year-old golden lion tamarin gave birth to three infants on July 27, 2013

2013-08-01 — /travelprnews.com/ — Three born to Robin on July 27, but two did not survive

WHO: Robin, an 8-year-old golden lion tamarin, gave birth to three infants on July 27, 2013, but two did not survive. Although Robin and her mate, Theo, are experienced parents, Robin’s latest pregnancy was unplanned.

WHAT: Infant mortality is not uncommon in golden lion tamarins, which weigh only around 2 ounces at birth. Robin’s remaining infant appears to be thriving, according to the Animal Management and Veterinary Teams, who continue to monitor the family closely. Although triplets are not rare, golden lion tamarins typically give birth to twins. They live  in monogamous family groups, and everyone helps to raise the offspring.

Golden lion tamarins are an endangered species endemic to Brazil’s Atlantic Coastal forest where only 7 percent of their forest habitat remains. Zoo Atlanta has played an active role in the conservation of golden lion tamarins in Brazil through reintroductions and program support. Zoo Atlanta also manages the international captive breeding program and studbook for this species.

The newborn is the ninth surviving offspring for Robin and Theo. Stay tuned for updates, and visit soon for a glimpse of the tiny new arrival.

WHERE: Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Avenue, S.E.
Atlanta, GA 30315

CONTACT: Keisha N. Hines, Director of Public Relations, Communications and Social Media
404.624.5980 – office
404.309.2238 – cell

About Zoo Atlanta
An accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Zoo Atlanta inspires value and preservation of wildlife through a unique mix of education and outdoor family fun. From well-known native wildlife to critically endangered species on the brink of extinction, the Zoo offers memorable close encounters with more than 1,500 animals from around the world. A slate of new up-close-and-personal experiences opened in spring 2012: giraffe feeding, permitting guests to hand-feed Earth’s tallest living land mammals, and
Wild Encounters, three new behind-the-scenes adventures with African elephants, giant pandas and Komodo dragon. Other highlights include the nation’s largest collection of western lowland gorillas, the nation’s largest
zoological collection of orangutans and a global center of excellence for the care and study of vanishing reptiles and amphibians. The Zoo is open daily with the exceptions of Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Keeper talks, interactive wildlife shows, education programs and special events run year-round. For more
information, call 404.624.WILD or visit zooatlanta.org.

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