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Say hello to Pitino! Racine Zoo welcomes new emperor tamarin

Posted at 5:19 PM, Sep 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-10 18:22:00-04

RACINE — The Racine Zoo is welcoming a cute new member to their animal family this week as part of a new Species Survival Plan.

Pitino, a new emperor tamarin, arrived at the zoo this week as a transfer from the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in Saint Paul.

The Species Survival Plan was developed by the American Association of Zoos to help ensure the survival of certain species who are at risk of becoming extinct.

Officials thought that Pitino could fit for the Racine Zoo as a breeding partner.

The zoo says that Pitino has been paired up with females Amelie and her younger sister Bella with the expectation that he will breed with Amelie, sharing "infant-rearing duties" with Bella.

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