Baby Twins Born at Walt Disney World

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The magic of Walt Disney World never ceases to amaze.

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Babies Born

Earlier this week, a pair of adorable endangered twins were born at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Located at Discovery Island at the center of the theme Park, a pair of cotton top tamarins live in their comfortable habitat. Due to their status as an endangered species, they were (at least up until a few days ago) the only cotton top tamarins in Disney World.

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Twin Cotton Top Tamarin Monkey babies with Mother

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The new babies are approximately four inches long and weigh about as much as a chicken egg. The newly born infants cling tight to their parents as mom and dad leap from tree branch to tree branch. This is typical behavior among baby cotton top tamarins for the first 14 weeks or so of life.

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Cotton Top Tamarin Monkeys

They are known as being a highly intelligent species with 38 (perhaps more) distinct calls used to communicate with each other. The monkeys are also about the size of a squirrel and still weigh less than one pound when fully grown.

Mom and Dad Cotton Top Tamarin Monkeys with Babies

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The birth of the twins is an example of how Disney World works with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan to help ensure responsible breeding of threatened species. The theme Park and Resort also work with organizations, such as Proyecto Titi in Colombia, to help protect this critically endangered species.

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The birth of these babies marks the first cotton top tamarin monkey births at Walt Disney World Resort in over 22 years. Cotton top tamarins are rare, with less than 7,500 remaining in the wild. The primates are critically endangered due to illegal pet trade and extensive deforestation.

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Guests visiting Disney Park over the next few months will likely see the twins and their parents together.

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About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)