Friday, November 30, 2012

New Feature - Friday Facts!

Happy Friday all! Today we are introducing a new feature on our blog - Friday Facts!

Our primate residents come from all over the world and encompass "New World" and "Old World" species. Old World primarily refers to monkeys from Africa and New World those from South America. In Old World monkeys, the nostrils face downward and are narrow. New World monkeys have round nostrils facing to the side. They are fascinating and have specific social structures and behaviours.

Today we bring you facts about marmosets. At Story Book Farm, we have three little ones - Pablo and Amigo - common marmosets - and Mickey, who is a pencil marmoset. Although they are tiny, they are so full of personality and highly social. There is not a doubt as to what they are saying and what they want. Especially Mickey when she goes wild over Veggie Stiks! When I first visited the barn, I heard beautiful chirping and wondered where the birds where. Turns out it is the vocalization of marmosets! Amigo loves looking into the mirror. Pablo runs across of overhead tunnel and if you are not careful you may get a surprise. Mickey is our Diva - she is so pretty and very particular. She does not like her mealworms in her bowl, but wants then served separately!

Did you know:
  • "Marmoset" is derived from the French "marmouset" which means, loosely, shrimp or dwarf. An apt name, considering they are the smallest of the true monkeys (the lightest of the true monkeys is the pygmy marmoset).
  • These monkeys use their specialized claws to establish a firm grip on tree trunks and gnaw little holes in the bark with their lower incisors and canines. This causes the tree to produce more sap, which is used to seal injuries to the bark. This tree sap is a valuable source of carbohydrates and minerals.
  • Common marmoset is considered the best species able to adapt to human changes in their environment.
  • The species was first introduced by humans in southeastern Brazil where it has propagated so successfully it is regularly observed in the marginal park districts of Rio de Janeiro.
  • Marmosets live in mixed sex groups of up to 13 individuals. Only the head male and female will produce offspring. The mechanism that supposedly suppresses reproduction in lower-ranking females is still being studied.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Lumber Jack Day at the Sanctuary Today was a great day at the farm for Lumber Jack Day. There was a fantastic turnout of eager, hardworking volunteers and the weather was amazing! A big thank you to all the volunteers that helped chop, split, and pile wood that will be used to heat the barn for our monkey residents in the upcoming winter months. Buddy the goat loved all of the attention he received from everyone and I'm sure he will have sweet dreams tonight knowing he has made quite a few more fans :) Our monkey's also received specially wrapped presents with treats inside, including sugar cane, which they all seemed to enjoy very much! Thanks to everyone who came out and worked very hard to make a difference for our residents.