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Debrecen Zoo Welcomes Newborn Red-Handed Tamarins

Fanni Kaszás 2020.01.08.

Over the holidays, the Debrecen Zoo welcomed its latest additions to the institution. On Christmas Eve, December 24th, a female red-handed tamarin gave birth to two healthy offspring. Now, all four members of the tamarin family can be visited in the Tropical House at the zoo.

photo: Debrecen Zoo

The father of the newborn tamarins was also born at the institution in 2013, and their mother was transferred from Szeged Zoo in 2018. According to the press release of the Debrecen Zoo, both parents do their fair share of rearing the young. Their gender yet to be determined, the little ones spend most of their time travelling on their father’s back, clinging to his fur. They are fed by their mother and have an excellent appetite.


A species within the subfamily Callitrichinae, red-handed or golden-handed tamarins (Saguinus midas) are native to forests in the northern parts of South America. In the wild, they tend to live in groups of 4 to 15, with a dominant female mating with all males. In contrast to most of their fur, either dark or black, their hands and feet are gold or orange – hence their common name. Their Latin name refers to King Midas, the ancient Greek mythological figure with a golden touch.

photo: Debrecen Zoo

Although the species’ wild population is currently stable, they are included in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species due to deforestation in their habitats and illegal trade of the animals. The Debrecen Zoo is home to red-handed tamarins under a European Studbook (EAZA ESB).

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