NEW ARRIVAL: The father emperor tamarin with one of the newborn twins at Darling Downs Zoo.
NEW ARRIVAL: The father emperor tamarin with one of the newborn twins at Darling Downs Zoo.

Furry twin tots keep Darling Downs Zoo staff busy

THE Darling Downs Zoo has caught baby fever with the arrival of many new furry friends, including twin emperor tamarins.

Darling Downs Zoo director Steve Robinson said the first-time parents were doing well.

"Dad shares a lot of the workload," he said.

The zoo has also recently welcomed five baby blackbuck antelopes, a Brazilian agouti and a hamadryas baboon.

  Brazilian agouti baby born this week at the Darling Downs Zoo.
Brazilian agouti baby born this week at the Darling Downs Zoo.

"It is really exciting because zoos are basically insurance populations, as wild shirks and shrinks due to all sorts of pressure, zoos could one day be remaining homes of these special species," Mr Robinson said.

"One day things might get better in the wild and if we keep these animals as pure as they can be, we might be able to restock the wild."

He said the zoo wouldn't name the new arrivals until they developed their own personalities.


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