Chattanooga Zoo opens new exhibit with colorful tamarins

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CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – The new tamarin exhibit is now open to the public at The Chattanooga Zoo.

La Selva Amazonica is a new building added to the Corcovado Jungle area.

Golden Lion tamarins
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It houses five species of small South American monkeys in six outdoor and six indoor exhibits.

You’ll see macaws, cotton top tamarins and pied tamarins, plus new golden lion tamarins, emperor tamarins and Geoffroy’s marmosets.

And more species will be added.



The new tamarins and marmosets come from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) Species Survival Plan Program at other zoos.

The Golden lions are the most colorful tamarin species and is endangered.

The emperor is named for its majestic mustache which reminded Europeans of the German emperor Wilhelm II.

The display will also highlight the problem of deforestation in South America.

“The interpretation for this new exhibit is a true representation of why our staff is so passionate about animal care and conservation,” notes Chattanooga Zoo President and CEO, Dardenelle Long. “As you walk through this exhibit, we hope that you too will recognize the importance of your actions as they affect our wildlife and environment.”

The exhibit is open now, but the Grand Opening ceremony comes on Saturday, November 18th at 10 AM.

Everyone is invited.

Emperor Tamarin