Ninita, orphaned baby pygmy marmoset, gets a much loved toothbrush massage from her keeper.

Ninita was born deaf, and abandoned by her parents. Rare Species Conservatory Foundation staff hand-reared her, and she is now doing well in an enclosure of her own with a handsome boyfriend (The Rare Species Conservatory Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving biological diversity.)

The pygmy marmoset (Cebuella pygmaea) is a small New World monkey native to rainforests of the western Amazon Basin in South America. It is notable for being the smallest monkey and one of the smallest primates in the world at just over 100 grams. It is generally found in evergreen and river edge forests and is a gum-feeding specialist.

About 83% of the pygmy marmoset population lives in stable troops of two to nine individuals, including a dominant male, a breeding female, and up to four successive litters of offspring. The modal size of a standard stable troop would be 6 individuals.

Although most groups consist of family members, some may also include 1-2 additional adult members. Members of the group communicate using a complex system including vocal, chemical, and visual signals.


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