Tuque

  • Species: Common Marmosets (Callithrix jacchus)
  • Gender: Male
  • Birthday: April 16, 1998
  • Arrival: November 21, 2007
  • Background: Research
  • Health Issues: Amputee
  • Character: Cautious

Tuque and four other male marmosets were purchased to be used in iron toxicity studies, but when it was found that marmosets weren’t good models for such research, there was talk of using them in schizophrenia research instead! Luckily for the boys, that didn’t pan out and they were allowed to retire to Jungle Friends.

Today, Tuque and his partner live happily in a lush, bamboo-filled habitat in Munchkinland. Tuque vigilantly watches the activity of his neighbors from his favorite perch. He also enjoys lying out in the sun and grooming his companion, something he was never able to do before his life here at Jungle Friends.