First-time parents Gordon, a 2-year-old male, and Xing, a 3-year-old female, welcomed the infants in November, 2013. Apparently, twins are pretty common in this species, as they usually produce two offspring.
The Wildlife Conservation Society explains that Geoffroy’s marmosets, also known as “white-fronted marmosets,” are native to small fragments of Atlantic rainforest in eastern Brazil. While the species is not endangered, they live in areas that are susceptible to deforestation. The Wildlife Conservation Society says it works within this species’ range and in many South American countries to reconcile human development needs with conservation.
You can visit the fluffy young twins at the WCS’ Prospect Park Zoo, located at 450 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Park, which is currently open daily from 10am to 4:30pm. Admission is $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for kids ages 3-12, and free for children under 3.
Photo by Julie Larsen Maher/WCS