Today we have said a fond farewell to our three elderly male cotton-top tamarins.
Our special little trio, along with our fourth elderly male who passed away earlier this month, had all well exceeded their life expectancy (all were in their late teens), and had age-related degenerative health conditions, including kidney failure and spinal degeneration.
“Naturally, we’d been monitoring them all extremely closely for some time, and this morning, with our veterinary team colleagues, myself and my team made the kindest decision to euthanise them,” says Primate team leader Amy Robbins.
Amy says she and her team have been reflecting on and celebrating all that these “amazing little punk rockers of the animal world” have contributed in their time with us.
"Hundreds of thousands of our visitors have been able to experience and fall in love with them – some even getting up close through our special tamarin encounter – and come to understand the issues they’re up against in the wild."