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Salisbury Zoo Gets 2 Endangered Marmosets

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SALISBURY, Md. (AP/WBOC) - The Salisbury Zoo on Maryland's Eastern Shore just got two new endangered primates.

Two white-fronted marmosets are now on display at the zoo. One is a 7-year-old female from the Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington, Del., and the other is a 3-year-old from the El Paso Zoo in Texas. Both are on loan from the Brazilian government, and were born in captivity.

The 8-inch-long primates are considered endangered, and are managed by the Species Survival Program (SSP).

Zoo officials said they hope the pair breeds to help the species rebound.

In the wild, white-fronted marmosets live in the lowland rainforest of Brazil and typically produce up to three offspring. They live to about 10 years old in the wild and 16 in captivity.

The Salisbury Zoo says the number of white-fronted marmosets is declining because of habitat loss, hunting and capture for the pet trade.

Visitors can see the white-fronted marmosets on exhibit in the Salisbury Zoo's “Tropics Trail,” exhibiting with the three, two-toed sloths.

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