Black Tufted-Ear Marmosets (Callithrix penicillata)
- Gender: Male
- Birthday: August 9, 2009
- Arrival: June 25, 2011
- Background: Ex-Pet
- Character: Curious
Arie was purchased as a 'pet' and lived with a golden-handed tamarin named Willy Wonka since they were infants. When their guardian went to jail, these two little darlings had nowhere to live. Euthanasia seemed to be the only option until Grandpa stepped in and called Jungle Friends. The sanctuary did not have an open habitat to accommodate these two boys, so the family got together and raised the funds to build them a safe home here at Jungle Friends.
Although Arie and Willy were raised together, they slept separately and had squabbles. As they matured, their differences of opinion were more frequent and they had to be separated. Arie still lives next door to Willy, and he spends much of time on the ground looking for bugs and other tasty snacks.