Moustachioed monkeys arrive in city

Pancho -one of two Emperor Tamarins which arrived at the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre near Sheffield

Pancho -one of two Emperor Tamarins which arrived at the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre near Sheffield

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HOW very regal he looks. – even if he is a little on the hairy side.

Here we see Pancho, one of two emperor tamarins which has arrived at the Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife and Falconry Centre in North Anston.

Emperor tamarins are a small species of monkey which reach only 26cm tall, with a 30 to 40cm long tail.

The fur on their bodies is grey or brown and they have an orange or red tail.

But, their most striking feature is their incredible white moustaches.

And Pancho has a beauty.

It is believed the species is named after the Emperor of Germany, Emperor Wilhelm II, who had a similar moustache.

The tamarins are brothers and are quite young – Pancho is four and Pepe two and a half.

They can live to be up to around 17 years old.

Senior keeper Elisabeth Blezard said: “The tamarins have settled in really well to their purpose-built enclosure already.

“They have heated indoor quarters, with a long overhead mesh tunnel that they can walk through to reach their outdoor enclosure.

“This design provides an enriching environment for Pepe and Pancho, as well as a great viewing experience for visitors.”

n For more information visit www.butterflyhouse.co.uk.