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Monkey business breeds results at Canberra zoo December 28, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Science.
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Two endangered South American monkeys are the latest additions to Canberra’s National Zoo and Aquarium.

The baby cotton top tamarins were born two weeks ago as part of a regional breeding program to boost the dwindling population of approximately 2,000 across the world.

Trent Russell, from the National Zoo, says it is the second time they have successfully bred the endangered species in Canberra.

“We do those things so that we can reintroduce them into the wild at some point,” he said.

“However the problem is with several of these species and these guys are certainly one of them is that the forests where they naturally occur is disappearing that there’s not much point putting them back into the forest at this point in time.”

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