• Species: Cotton-Top Tamarins (Saguinus oedipus)
  • Gender: Female
  • Birthday: June 5, 1999
  • Arrival: July 14, 2008
  • Background: Research
  • Character: Beautiful

Chopin arrived at Jungle Friends with 9 other special-needs tamarins from the University of Wisconsin where they were performing cognitive studies. The general trend was for increasingly invasive research -- Professor Charles Snowdon decided to end all research with the cotton tops rather than feel pressured to do invasive research. With a total of 70 tamarins needing homes, it took over a year of fundraising, building, and networking with other sanctuaries and zoos, but with our help, Dr. Snowdon found homes for all of the tamarins who are out of the lab and out of harm’s way.

Chopin and her companion had a soft release from their indoor enclosure the evening they arrived. Their crate was left in the enclosure with the door open, so the tamarins could decide for themselves when to venture out of their crates. Chopin and her partner waited until the next morning to leave the crate, but soon found the entrance to their outdoor habitat and found a larger life in the great outdoors. Chopin is a large girl with a big appetite and spends most of her time outside foraging and searching for bugs. She has the fluffiest cotton-top headdress in all of Munchkinland, which makes her stand out.