Cute animal pictures of the day: silvery marmosets run free in zoo

Jeremy Hance
mongabay.com
May 24, 2012



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Silvery marmoset. Photo courtesy of ZSL.
Silvery marmoset. Photo courtesy of ZSL.




The Zoological Society of London's (ZSL) Whipsnade Zoo is allowing its seven silvery marmosets (Mico argentatus) to roam the 600 acre facility freely.

"It’s a whole new world for them—they are free to go wherever they like and are enjoying themselves foraging," senior keeper, Steve Perry, said in a press release. "They don’t normally venture too far—they’ve been seen in the trees and playing on their rope branches and a couple have been spotted on the picnic lawn. At the end of each day we ring a bell and they come back in for food, which includes fresh fruit and vegetables."

Silvery marmosets are native to the Brazilian Amazon. They are listed as Least Concern by the IUCN though their populations are declining due to deforestation.



Silvery marmoset. Photo courtesy of ZSL.
Silvery marmoset. Photo courtesy of ZSL.




Silvery marmoset. Photo courtesy of ZSL.
Silvery marmoset. Photo courtesy of ZSL.




Silvery marmoset. Photo courtesy of ZSL.
Silvery marmoset. Photo courtesy of ZSL.




Silvery marmoset. Photo courtesy of ZSL.
Silvery marmoset. Photo courtesy of ZSL.









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Jeremy Hance
mongabay.com (May 24, 2012).

Cute animal pictures of the day: silvery marmosets run free in zoo.

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