• Species: Cotton-Top Tamarins (Saguinus oedipus)
  • Gender: Female
  • Birthday: February 5, 1998
  • Arrival: July 14, 2008
  • Background: Research
  • Character: Friendly

Gatsby 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.

Gatsby 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. Late the next morning, she and her partner cautiously came out, and they’ve been exploring ever since! A curious little monkey, Gatsby loves to climb around and explore her habitat with her partner right by her side.