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Henry Vilas Zoo Welcomes First Of Two New Additions

The Henry Vilas Zoo is privileged to announce the arrival of "Yao" a Geoffroy’s Marmoset. 

"Yao" comes to Dane County from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.  He is 3-year-old and within the next few weeks he will be partnered with "Tulip" a 2-year-old female marmoset who will move to Madison from the San Diego Zoo.  

Geoffroy’s Marmosets are native to Eastern Brazil Rain Forests.  They have a distinctive black and brown fur with white faces, foreheads and cheeks.The eventual pairing of "Yao" and "Tulip" comes at the recommendation of the national Association of Zoos and Aquariums which runs a Marmoset Species Survival Plan to help protect the population of marmosets.

"It’s a privilege to add these unique animals to our collection and be part of an international conservation initiative," Zoo Director Jim Hubing said.

Yao is on exhibit daily, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Zoo’s Tropical Rain Forest Aviary.

"These very cute new additions and are more great reasons for families to come on out and visit our free zoo!" County Executive Kathleen Falk said.

Falk noted in the first six months of 2010, approximately 347,000 visitors have come to the zoo -- about 40,000 more than at the same time a year ago.

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