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Stone Zoo announces new furry residents

This cotton-top tamarin is one of several new animals on display this summer at the Stone Zoo in Stoneham

Eric Kilby, courtesy of Zoo New England

This cotton-top tamarin is one of several new animals on display this summer at the Stone Zoo in Stoneham

Several new furry residents have arrived at the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, zoo officials said today.

The new species include a male Matschie’s tree kangaroo, six cotton-top tamarin monkeys, and seven straw-colored fruit bats, according to Zoo New England, which runs the zoo. The new animals arrived at the zoo last month, and have gradually been going on display during the past week.

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“After such a long winter, we’re thrilled to present a robust offering of programs and experiences at Stone Zoo this summer and we hope that people will discover all that the Zoo has to offer, including visiting with some of the newest additions to the animal family,” John Linehan, president and chief executive of Zoo New England, said in a statement.

Stone Zoo recently renovated several parts of its facility to accommodate the new animals, Linehan said. The public can view the new additions at the recently renovated Windows to the Wild exhibit.

“It was a pretty big project, but we did it to assure that we are able to keep up with the environmental standards of our new animals,” Linehan said in a telephone interview.

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Zoo New England adds about half a dozen new species to the Franklin Park Zoo, its other facility, and Stone Zoo each year, Linehan said. The zoo is currently looking to add a mate for the new male Matschie’s tree kangaroo in the near future, Linehan said.

Brooke Wardrop, director of marketing and communications, said visitors have responded positively to the Stone Zoo’s animals — and the renovations.

“People are certainly excited to see the new faces at the zoo,” Wardop said. “The space has been closed during the spring for renovations, and we are excited that it is finally back open so people can enjoy the exhibit and welcome our new species.”


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