Marwell Wildlife has welcomed a family of Brazilian marmosets

One of the Brazilian marmosets welcomed by Marwell Wildlife

One of the Brazilian marmosets welcomed by Marwell Wildlife

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

A HAMPSHIRE zoo has welcomed the arrival of a family of tiny Brazilian primates this Easter.

The inquisitive silvery marmosets are set to be a huge hit with visitors to Marwell Zoo, with their distinctive flesh-coloured ears and playful nature.

The new family consists of a mum, dad and four youngsters, including three-month-old twins, joined the zoo’s group of Saki monkeys in the Fur Feathers and Scales exhibit.

In the wild they live in tropical rain forest where they eat fruit and sap from trees.

They are thought to be in similar trouble to other species of Amazonian primates because of the destruction and fragmentation of its forest habitat.

Shelly Parkes, collection manager of mammals, said: “They are incredibly inquisitive explorers and have settled in straight away. They are much smaller than the Saki monkeys, especially the young twins who are approximately 15cm from head to tail.

“These primates are great to watch as they are very active and can been seen jumping from branches. They have claws on their fingers which help them grip the bark of the trees making them excellent climbers.”

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8:03am Sat 19 Apr 14

issacchunt says...

Yippee, a life of captivity? Lets all celebrate the fact these beautiful little creatures will never experience freedom and the natural tropical lifestyle they should live in.

Marwell like all zoo's justify the cruelty by suggesting the natural habitat being taken by man, so another man takes them from brazil and cages then in colden common.
Yippee, a life of captivity? Lets all celebrate the fact these beautiful little creatures will never experience freedom and the natural tropical lifestyle they should live in. Marwell like all zoo's justify the cruelty by suggesting the natural habitat being taken by man, so another man takes them from brazil and cages then in colden common. issacchunt
  • Score: -6

9:13am Sat 19 Apr 14

freefinker says...

issacchunt wrote:
Yippee, a life of captivity? Lets all celebrate the fact these beautiful little creatures will never experience freedom and the natural tropical lifestyle they should live in.

Marwell like all zoo's justify the cruelty by suggesting the natural habitat being taken by man, so another man takes them from brazil and cages then in colden common.
Well said. This place is nothing but an animal prison.
And then they charge the gullible public to gawk to their misery.
Disgusting
[quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: Yippee, a life of captivity? Lets all celebrate the fact these beautiful little creatures will never experience freedom and the natural tropical lifestyle they should live in. Marwell like all zoo's justify the cruelty by suggesting the natural habitat being taken by man, so another man takes them from brazil and cages then in colden common.[/p][/quote]Well said. This place is nothing but an animal prison. And then they charge the gullible public to gawk to their misery. Disgusting freefinker
  • Score: -4

2:15pm Sat 19 Apr 14

sarfhamton says...

Bloody immigrants, coming over here, taking jobs from British mammals
Bloody immigrants, coming over here, taking jobs from British mammals sarfhamton
  • Score: 0

2:55pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Inform Al says...

freefinker wrote:
issacchunt wrote:
Yippee, a life of captivity? Lets all celebrate the fact these beautiful little creatures will never experience freedom and the natural tropical lifestyle they should live in.

Marwell like all zoo's justify the cruelty by suggesting the natural habitat being taken by man, so another man takes them from brazil and cages then in colden common.
Well said. This place is nothing but an animal prison.
And then they charge the gullible public to gawk to their misery.
Disgusting
Oh yes, just let the species die out without making provision for their reintroduction to a natural wild life some time in the future. I think not.
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: Yippee, a life of captivity? Lets all celebrate the fact these beautiful little creatures will never experience freedom and the natural tropical lifestyle they should live in. Marwell like all zoo's justify the cruelty by suggesting the natural habitat being taken by man, so another man takes them from brazil and cages then in colden common.[/p][/quote]Well said. This place is nothing but an animal prison. And then they charge the gullible public to gawk to their misery. Disgusting[/p][/quote]Oh yes, just let the species die out without making provision for their reintroduction to a natural wild life some time in the future. I think not. Inform Al
  • Score: -3

4:43pm Sat 19 Apr 14

issacchunt says...

So you actually believe it's about conservation and reintroduction do you? Enjoy church tomorrow.
So you actually believe it's about conservation and reintroduction do you? Enjoy church tomorrow. issacchunt
  • Score: 2

4:55pm Sat 19 Apr 14

freefinker says...

Inform Al wrote:
freefinker wrote:
issacchunt wrote:
Yippee, a life of captivity? Lets all celebrate the fact these beautiful little creatures will never experience freedom and the natural tropical lifestyle they should live in.

Marwell like all zoo's justify the cruelty by suggesting the natural habitat being taken by man, so another man takes them from brazil and cages then in colden common.
Well said. This place is nothing but an animal prison.
And then they charge the gullible public to gawk to their misery.
Disgusting
Oh yes, just let the species die out without making provision for their reintroduction to a natural wild life some time in the future. I think not.
Apart from the Arabian Oryx I bet you can't name one other species that has been successfully reintroduced from a zoo breeding programme after going extinct in the wild?

Zoos con you with their 'conservation programmes' - but it's all misleading propaganda to make you feel better about seeing imprisoned wild animals.

The ONLY way to successfully conserve endangered species is to save their natural habitat. Once that's gone there can be no reintroductions.
[quote][p][bold]Inform Al[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]issacchunt[/bold] wrote: Yippee, a life of captivity? Lets all celebrate the fact these beautiful little creatures will never experience freedom and the natural tropical lifestyle they should live in. Marwell like all zoo's justify the cruelty by suggesting the natural habitat being taken by man, so another man takes them from brazil and cages then in colden common.[/p][/quote]Well said. This place is nothing but an animal prison. And then they charge the gullible public to gawk to their misery. Disgusting[/p][/quote]Oh yes, just let the species die out without making provision for their reintroduction to a natural wild life some time in the future. I think not.[/p][/quote]Apart from the Arabian Oryx I bet you can't name one other species that has been successfully reintroduced from a zoo breeding programme after going extinct in the wild? Zoos con you with their 'conservation programmes' - but it's all misleading propaganda to make you feel better about seeing imprisoned wild animals. The ONLY way to successfully conserve endangered species is to save their natural habitat. Once that's gone there can be no reintroductions. freefinker
  • Score: 2

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