Museum of Science, Boston Welcomes New Cotton-top Tamarin, Invites Public to Vote for Name

October 29, 2020

Tamarin Comes to the Live Animal Care Center as Part of the Species Survival Plan to Conserve This Endangered Species

BOSTON, MA — The Museum of Science, Boston, one of the world’s largest science centers, is seeking the public’s help to name its new addition to the Live Animal Care Center, a female cotton-top tamarin. The new addition arrived to the Museum earlier this month and joins the Museum’s resident male cotton-top tamarin, Darwin, who has been an animal ambassador at the Museum for five years.

The new tamarin came to the Museum from the Ellen Trout Zoo in Lufkin, Texas where she was born.  At the Museum, she will also become an animal ambassador, offering visitors opportunities to learn about the fascinating abilities of these clever primates.  The Museum is also hopeful that she and Darwin will hit it off as mates, as part of the cotton-top tamarin Species Survival Plan to ensure the survival of this endangered species.

While she settles in to her new home, the Museum is inviting the public to help choose a name for her. Members of the public can vote for their favorite name at the Museum’s online ballot or visit the Museum’s Facebook or Twitter pages @MuseumofScience to follow the link to the ballot.

The names on the ballot are:

Jane, after famed primatologist Jane Goodall, who studied wild chimpanzees for over 60 years. Instead of using numbers, Jane would give names to the different chimps she observed.

Charlee, after Charles Darwin, best known for his studies in evolution and the theory of natural selection. His most famous work is, The Origin of Species.

Prima, short for either “primate” or “prima donna” In opera, a prima donna is the leading female singer in the company, the person to whom the prime roles would be given.

Voting will continue through Election Day, November 3.  The name will be revealed on the Museum’s social media channels on Saturday, November 7.

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