Two of ZSL London Zoo’s tiniest creatures have been born just in time for the Little Creatures family festival this weekend (29-31 August).
The twin monkeys are just five days old and have joined the diverse tropical family of ZSL London Zoo’s Rainforest Life exhibit where tamarins, sloths, tamanduas, and red titi monkeys roam.
The twins, who spend most of their day latched onto dad, have been named Winnie and Piglet by zookeepers ahead of this weekend’s Winnie the bear celebration at the Little Creatures family festival.
The festival will be marking the centenary of the arrival of the world’s most famous bear, Winnie, to ZSL London Zoo with events, activities and a unique exhibition featuring the Winnie books’ original illustrations.
Approximately the size and weight of a rich tea biscuit at just 15 grams, the baby emperor tamarins, native to South America, will not show signs of their trademark white moustaches for a few weeks yet.
Zookeeper Lucy Hawley said: “It’s great to have these two new additions to ZSL London Zoo’s Rainforest Life exhibit, they may be tiny in size but it’s always a big deal to the keepers when our fantastic animals choose to breed.
“With our new tree climbing anteater, Ria, and baby two-toed sloth, our rainforest family is really flourishing at the moment in their fun and leafy home here.
“We’re looking forward to when Winnie and Piglet grow a little bit older and start to brave bounding around the exhibit’s branches with the other monkeys, having adventures of their own.”