They're beautiful, charismatic and extremely rare and now two golden lion tamarins are settling in as Wellington Zoo's latest additions.
The pair arrived from the United States last month - the female, Clementine, came from Santa Ana Zoo in California; the male, Orolito, from Cleveland Zoo in Ohio.
Both primates have done their 30 day quarantine and are settling into their new home at the zoo's Mini Monkeys exhibit.
"These beautiful and charismatic Golden Lion Tamarins are still getting used to their new environment, so we're expecting them to be a bit cautious and stay up high in their house for the next few days," zoo life sciences manager Paul Horton said.
"We last had Golden Lion Tamarins in 2007, and this new pairing will contribute to the International Conservation Breeding programme for these little monkeys."
Only about 1500 of the critically endangered native Brazilian monkeys - also known as golden marmosets - exist in the wild or in captivity.
Visitors to the zoo will be able to connect with the monkeys on Sunday with a tamarin conservation talk at 11.30am outside the Mini Monkeys exhibit, followed by a short film on the species in the Wild Theatre.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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