mammals_geoffroys_marmosetThe Binghamton Zoo is excited to announce the arrival of Estrella and Hogan, two Geoffroy’s marmosets.

The two 6 year old marmosets came to the Binghamton Zoo on a breeding recommendation through the AZA’s Geoffroy’s Marmoset Species Survival Plan. Species Survival Plans are led by expert advisors that identify population management goals to ensure a healthy, diverse, and sustainable captive population.

Estrella comes from the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago and Hogan comes from the Staten Island Zoo in New York. Both have been at the Binghamton Zoo for a month going through a quarantine period that ensures their health before being introduced to their exhibit. Visitors can view them now in the Wonders of Nature area, near the howler monkey exhibit.

Geoffroy’s marmosets are native to the forests of southeastern Brazil. They are omnivorous, feeding on fruit, insects, plant gum, flowers, nectar, frogs, lizards, and spiders. These marmosets are predominantly black or brown, with a black and gray ringed-tail and white facial features.

Geoffroy’s marmosets typically give birth to twins, but 1-4 babies are not uncommon. After they are born, the father carries the babies exclusively for the first week. After that period, all family members take part in raising the young. Geoffroy’s marmosets generally live about 10 years.

This species of primate is considered stable in the wild, but populations are declining due to widespread destruction of their natural habitat.

Come see Estrella and Hogan this Saturday and Sunday! The Binghamton Zoo ticket booth will be open from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and the zoo closes at 4:00 pm. For more information, call (607) 724-5461 or visit our website at rossparkzoo.com.