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Tiny Twin Tamarins Win the Hearts of Local Zoo-goers

The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is pleased to announce the birth of twin golden-headed lion tamarins on March 12, 2014. With only 75 of these rare tamarins living in North America, the tiny tots - weighing in at 1/8th of a pound - are a boon to the captive breeding program. Golden-headed lion tamarins are unmistakable jet black monkeys accentuated with sunshine orange hair on their hands and faces. Senior Zookeeper Jenny Walker says "Child rearing is a family affair with tamarins; the parents and older siblings all pitch in to help out." She continues, "We're so privileged to share these extraordinary animals with Zoo visitors through a special loan program from the Brazilian Government."

Zoo visitors can observe the new babies daily in their habitat where they ride around on their parents for the first two months of life.

There's a New Baby Nosing Around Santa Ana

The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is delighted to announce the birth of a healthy giant anteater pup. Born on March 24, 2014, the new anteater is the third birth since the opening of the Tierra de las Pampas South American grasslands exhibit four years ago. Anteaters remain uncommon in North American zoos, and the Santa Ana Zoo at Prentice Park is quickly proving to be a leader in anteater reproduction.

Giant anteaters are most closely related to sloths and armadillos, an odd group of animals native the Americas. Zoo Registrar Ethan Fisher says, "Believe it or not, anteaters have no teeth." He continues, "They rely on their extra long tongue covered in sticky saliva to feed on termites and ants in their native grasslands." Zoo keepers feed an artificial diet consisting of cat food, spinach, eggs, papaya, and banana. The tasty concoction is soaked in water and blended to a puree before being lapped up by the anteaters.

The new baby may be difficult for visitors to see for the next few weeks while he's spending quality time bonding with his mother. Anteater pups ride on the back of their mother and quickly grow to adult size in about one year. Congratulation cards are being accepted at the zoo on behalf of the new parents, father, Peter the Anteater and mother, Heesoo of Troy.

September 24, 2013: TWO RARE MONKEYS BORN AT SANTA ANA ZOO: Local Zoo Celebrates Birth of Colobus and Capuchin Monkeys; Continues to Advance Its Breeding Program for Endangered Species
The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is pleased to announce the birth of a black-and-white Colobus Monkey. The baby monkey was born on Sept. 1. The mother, Kianga, was the first Colobus ever born at the Santa Ana Zoo and this baby marks the second generation born at the zoo.

Native to Eastern and Central Africa, the rare Colobus monkey is an unmistakable animal with a black body accented by flowing white hair and a long bushy tail. At birth the endearing newborn monkey is covered in curly white hair with a pale rosy face. By four months old the young Colobus monkey will complete its transformation to remarkable black-and-white adult coloration and weigh on average 25 to 30 pounds.

Additionally, the Santa Ana Zoo is pleased to announce the birth of a new baby Crested Capuchin monkey. Born on Aug. 29, this exceptional baby Capuchin, spends the days hitching a ride on its mother's back and belly as she carefully carries the baby around their home. The Santa Ana Zoo has the most successful breeding program for this endangered species in the United States and this is the fourth baby Capuchin born at the Zoo. Photos of the Santa Ana Zoo's new arrivals can be found on the Zoo's Facebook page. Zoo-goers can see the new baby monkeys in their habitats during regular Zoo hours.

"The Colobus Monkey is known for its energy and antics, and our new baby is already very curious at just one week old, and the first-time parents are doing a great job," says Santa Ana Zookeeper Jill Sanders. "We're thrilled to once again have the opportunity to share in the excitement of two live births that play a continuing role in the preservation of the Colobus and Capuchin monkeys."

The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is pleased to announce the birth of a golden-headed lion tamarin on April 2, 2013. Closely related to the golden lion tamarin, golden-headed lion tamarins have a black body with a golden-orange face and hands. Weighing less than 1 pound as adults, the babies tip the scale at about 1/8th of a pound! These rare monkeys are only found on the Atlantic coast of Brazil and are on special loan from the Brazilian government.

Zoos have worked together for several decades on the conservation of this species. Captive breeding, habitat restoration, conservation education and reintroductions into the wild are all part of the international effort to protect this species. "We are proud that the Santa Ana Zoo is a leader in the breeding of lion tamarin monkeys, this birth is a great boost to the conservation program" says Ray Cosper, Zoo Curator. The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park has a special focus on South American monkeys and the family of five golden-headed lion tamarins is one of the fifteen species of South American monkeys living at the Zoo.

The new baby is on view for the public during normal Zoo hours.

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