Baby spotting

Spotting newborn animals at DZG has been made extra easy – even if they are as tiny as our adorable new pygmy marmoset.

Circular signs saying ‘Zoo baby here’ have gone up in our Small Primate House after the minute monkey was born on May 1 to mum Pam and dad Hendrix. The little one is Pam’s 14th baby and is doing very well.

Head of Upper Primates, Pat Stevens, said: “Pam is a very experienced mum and usually gives birth to twins. This is the first time she has delivered a singleton for a few years.

“It will be a couple of weeks before we are able to determine the sex of the baby and then we will come up with a suitable name.”

The primate house also houses our new baby yellow-breasted capuchin.

And more signs have gone up at our one-acre walkthrough Lemur Wood exhibit where there is the new baby black lemur and two ring-tailed lemur twins and outside the lar gibbon enclosure after our recent baby birth.

Other offspring to look out for are in the Barbary sheep paddock and in the Castle Creatures exhibit where we have two baby Seba’s short-tailed bats.

The pygmy marmoset is the world’s smallest monkey and the dominant female gives birth after a gestation period of 142 days. They have two birth peaks each year. The first is usually between May and June and the second between November and January.

In captivity approximately 76 per cent of births are non-identical twins. The babies are usually carried by the male and only returned to the female for feeding.

Happy hunting for our lovely little ones!