Zoo’s rare monkeys

Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens has been given permission to house a pair of rare Emperor Tamarins.
Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens has been given permission to house a pair of rare Emperor Tamarins.

A zoological gardens in Northumberland has been given permission to house a pair of rare monkeys.

The two Emperor Tamarins arrived at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens in early January from Paignton Zoo and they have settled in well.

The process to become a member of the endangered breeding programme for these rare monkeys started over a year ago and approval has just recently been confirmed.

Steven Sykes, animal resource centre manager at Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens said: “We are delighted to have these Emperor Tamarins at the zoo and it’s great to be part of this programme to protect endangered species like these rare monkeys.”

Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens was established as realistic learning environment for students at Northumberland College, and houses more than 200 species of animals including other small new world monkey species such as the critically endangered cotton-top tamarin and endangered Goeldi’s monkey.