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Rare Twin Baby Marmosets Born at Porfell Wildlife Park

Geoffroys Common Marmoset Babies at Porfell Wildlife Park, Cornwall

Porfell has two new residents: twin baby Marmosets have been born in captivity. Our park is home to 100s of weird and wonderful creatures from around the world. Many are unwanted, injured, rescued or have to be rehoused from other zoos. Once animals reach Porfell, it becomes their home for life. So, ‘new arrivals’ by birth are always cause for celebration.

Elvis, a Common marmoset, & Tammy, a Geoffroy’s marmoset, are now the proud parents of twins, born on 17th November, 2012. Marmosets are small squirrel-sized South American primates, normally born in tropical rainforests. Sadly, despite living naturally in groups, they’re often kept as individual pets and, due to poor education, fed inadequate diets.

John Palmer, Porfell’s founder, explains:

‘This was the case with Elvis who lacked Vitamin D, resulting in a rickets growth disorder. But to our surprise, he’s proved to be a fantastic dad, and can be seen carrying, grooming & playing with his two offspring.’

Both babies are doing well and visitors are encouraged to visit the park this coming half-term to see the rare sight of baby marmosets in captivity.

For more info and press enquiries, please call John Palmer on 01503 220 211

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