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Calgary Zoo Animals Find New Home in Winnipeg

July 12, 2013 2:45 PM | News

Cotton-Top Tamarins

Three cotton-top tamarins will arrive at the Assiniboine Park Zoo from Calgary in the coming weeks. (SERGEI BELSKI / CALGARY ZOO)

Winnipeg’s Assiniboine Park Zoo will be taking in two new animal species from the Calgary Zoo in the wake of the devastating Alberta flooding in June.

Three cotton-top tamarins and two prehensile-tailed porcupines will call Winnipeg home in the next couple of weeks, zoo officials said.

“We’re very pleased to offer our support and help the Calgary Zoo during this challenging time,” said Gary Lunsford, general curator and acting director of zoological operations at the Assiniboine Park Zoo. “In situations like this, it’s important that the zoo community joins together and it’s nice to see so many organizations doing just that.”

The animals will undergo a 30-day quarantine period after arriving before going on display to the public at the end of August.