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Two new white-headed marmosets, of the Saguinus oedipus species, were born in the Lower Cauca forests of Antioquia. His parents are monkeys recovered from illegal trafficking in Antioquia, who after a year of rehabilitation returned to the forest in early February 2020.

As part of monitoring the group, staff from the agreement between the Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley, Corantioquia and the CES University have periodically monitored the site, where they have seen primates eating insects, barks, leaves and wild fruits; moving agilely, united and, in the last revision made last week, carrying the newborn pups.

The birth is considered an important achievement in the rehabilitation process carried out by Corpocaldas in the Center for Attention, Assessment and Rehabilitation of Wild Fauna of that corporation in the department of Caldas.

image of titi monkeys in a tree

Photography: Courtesy Corantioquia-Metropolitan Area-CES University Agreement

In the group there are three adult marmosets, two males and one female, who were kept as pets: during her rehabilitation process, the female gave birth to two young, which were released along with their parents in February 2020. The female, After mating with one of the adults, she was again in the gestation process at the time of release and her young were born in the last weeks in freedom.

The white-headed marmoset, also called the cotton-headed marmoset or red-skinned marmoset, has a gestation period of 140 days. The births are normally of two young, and take place twice a year. The entire troop takes care of the newborns, transporting them on their back while they fend for themselves. A marmoset can live more than 20 years in the wild.

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