Posts Tagged 'tamarins'

Animal Updates – March 22

Between our Baltimore and Washington, DC, venues, more than 17,500 animals representing 900 species call the National Aquarium home. There are constant changes, additions, and more going on behind the scenes that our guests may not notice during their visit. We want to share these fun updates with our community so we’re bringing them to you in our weekly Animal Update posts!

Check our blog every Friday to find out what’s going on… here’s what’s new this week!

Lined Seahorses

We have two new lined seahorses in our Surviving Through Adaptation exhibit – a male named Kuda (Malaysian for “seahorse”) and a female named Monroe!

Lined Seahorse

Lined Seahorse at National Aquarium, Baltimore
Photo courtesy of Michael Bentley

Did you know? This species of seahorse can actually be found in the Chesapeake Bay! Lined seahorses can vary drastically in both coloration and ornamentation.  They can range from a yellowish color all the way down the spectrum to nearly black.  Some may have intricate ornamentation on their backs and their heads.  Lined seahorses can also change color slightly to match their surroundings!

Golden Lion Tamarins

Our golden lion tamarins, found in the Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit, have been spending more time in one of the mahogany trees situated closer to ground level, giving visitors some great opportunities to see them up close!

golden lion tamarin

Check out this GREAT photo from one of our recent visitors, Instagram user kfollm!

Next time you’re up in the rain forest, be sure to look up and hopefully spot one of these amazing animals!

Be sure to check back every Friday to find out what’s happening!

Happy National Monkey Day!

tamarins

Shout it from the roof tops, today we celebrate monkeys!

Today, we’re celebrating National Monkey Day! We wanted to take this opportunity to share a little bit about the golden lion tamarins we have roaming in our Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit!

Tamarins, also known as golden marmosets, are a tree-dwelling monkey that can be easy spotted by their vibrant golden color and lion-like mane. They have extremely long toes and claws that help them grab onto tree branches, navigate through the forest canopies and dig for insects and treats in the tree bark.

Tamarins have a very interesting social structure. They live in monogamous family units consisting of a breeding pair,  offspring and often extended family members. The entire family group has equal parts in helping to rear any young. Interestingly, twins are the norm for tamarin births!

baby tamarin

Baby tamarins spend very little time away from their big family groups!

Native to the coastal rain forests of Brazil, this species is being threatened by deforestation and habitat loss. They were listed as an endangered species in 1982. Following this unfortunate discovery, many organizations, like the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, have worked on the Gold Lion Tamarin Conservation Program, aiming prevent extinction and to reintroduce tamarins back into their natural habitats. For many years, National Aquarium has participated in this program to help promote awareness of these amazing animals and their much-needed protection!

So – want the chance to go behind-the-scenes in our rain forest and meet our tamarins? 

We are giving one lucky winner of our Amazing Experiences Sweepstakes the opportunity to work side-by-side with our rain forest staff for a morning.

Go behind-the-scenes and learn what it takes to care for the diverse animals and plants that call the Upland Tropical Rain Forest their home. Your morning in the rain forest will include a meeting with our family of tamarin monkeys. They are real characters!

There are five great ways to be entered to win our sweepstakes! 

Click here to find out all the details about our Amazing Experiences Sweepstakes!

Stay tuned for more features on our once-in-a-lifetime sweepstakes prizes! Winners will be announced on our Facebook page starting December 17!

What It’s Like to Intern at the Aquarium: Part 3

by Morgan Randall, Digital Marketing Intern

The Marine Animal Rescue Program, Community Affairs, and Publications interns in my last post gave some insight on jobs interns are doing behind the scenes at the National Aquarium.  But there are still more amazing experiences to be had!

Courtney Potter

Animal Programs

Courtney is a senior at Virginia Tech but is currently taking a semester off and attending the College of Southern Maryland.  She is majoring in dairy science with a minor in animal and poultry science, with a horse emphasis.

Despite living two hours away from the aquarium, she committed to the trip in order to get hands-on experience and an opportunity outside of Virginia Tech.  Within her department she was responsible for taking care of a variety of animals. Her duties included (but were not limited to) cleaning their environments, measuring the animals’ food, and providing stimulating animal enrichment activities.  Courtney also conducted an independent study project with the bearded dragons, where she investigated which structure, a cork clog or cardboard box, the animals preferred to use in their enclosure.  She found her time at the aquarium to be “extremely helpful” in figuring out what she wanted to do concerning animals.

Courtney helps out with an animal encounter with Flick the kookaburra

Kristen Lipari

Marketing, Community Affairs

Kristen is a senior at Loyola University majoring in marketing with a minor in information systems.  During her freshman year of college, she had her eye on the aquarium as a potential internship opportunity.  Then, at the internship fair at her school, she applied knowing that it would be a great place to work.

Kristen assists in planning and researching for events at the aquarium.  One event that she has been helping plan is the Grade A Student Night, where local students grades K–12 with three or more As can get into the aquarium for free.  She is also helping with the aquarium’s Cultural Series events.  Kristen says that this internship has helped her become a better communicator and prioritize.  She currently has a job lined up with a staffing agency for after she graduates.

Kristen mans an educational table at an event

Alea Williams

Visual Productions

Alea is a sophomore at Anne Arundel Community College and will soon be getting her Associates Degree through their media production program.  Afterwards, she plans on transferring to Emerson College to major in digital post-production.  She has loved the aquarium since she was a young child and considers this her dream internship.

Alea wears many hats in her department.  In one day she could be doing anything from transferring VHS archives into DVDs, to shooting and gathering footage during the dolphin presentations.  However, her ongoing assignment was to create a short web video about the golden lion tamarins in the Upland Tropical Rain Forest exhibit.  This included shooting video, conducting interviews, and making edits to the footage.  She has gained a lot of experience at the aquarium and would love to work with the company in the future. You can see the results of her hard work here:

Interested in interning at the National Aquarium? Learn more here.


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