Welcome little monkey!

Dudley Zoo is celebrating the birth of a tiny pygmy marmoset – the world’s smallest monkeys.


Upper Primates Keepers were delighted to discover the gorgeous little one, pictured above with mum Pam, on Friday 19th June. And, exactly one week on, the youngster is doing very well.

DZG’s Head of Upper Primates, Pat Stevens, said: “Mum Pam, dad Hendrix and the baby are all absolutely fine.

“We’d been expecting the baby for a little while but it was just a waiting game until we finally found the youngster last week.”

Pat said the baby won’t be named until staff have discovered its sex, which will be in a few weeks time.

The newborn also has twin brothers, named Duncan and Edward after the famous Dudley footballer Duncan Edwards.

The twins were born to Pam and Hendrix last October and were the first additions to a new breeding group.

DZG has always had great success at breeding the world’s smallest monkey species and Pam translocated from Dublin Zoo so Upper Primate Keepers could establish the new group.

Pygmy marmosets have fine, silky coats and long hairs on their cheeks and head which form a mane that conceals their almond shaped ears.

Welcome little one! We’re sure you’ll be getting plenty of well-wishers!