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2 critically endangered tamarins die in Alexandria zoo

4 years 7 months 4 days ago Tuesday, January 13 2015 Jan 13, 2015 January 13, 2015 2:12 PM January 13, 2015 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Janet McConnaughey

ALEXANDRIA - Officials in the central Louisiana city of Alexandria say two critically endangered monkeys called cotton-topped tamarins died because a caretaker left them out in the cold.

Spokeswoman Cynthia Jardon says the caretaker resigned Monday. The worker had been suspended following discovery of last Wednesday's exposure.

The city says a third tamarin survived.

The city news release did not mention that they are endangered. The International Union for Conservation of Nature says they are critically endangered, with about 1,800 in captivity and about 6,000 in a small area of northwest Colombia.

Care manuals say the animals need temperatures of 76 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Last Wednesday's high in Alexandria was in the low 50s. Thursday morning's low was in the teens.

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