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Is this Smallest Species of Monkey in the World? Meet Max

Today we welcomed a new resident at the WFFT Wildlife Rescue Centre, ‘Max’ the common marmoset (Callithrix jacchus), one of the smallest species of monkey on earth, he comes from the Callitrichidae family of new world monkeys. This species is not a native to Thailand, they originate from the South American continent. This species is increasingly seen on the exotic pet market here in Thailand. Although listed as Least Concern (LC) by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, populations are declining through habitat destruction in many parts of their distribution, this is further exacerbated by the capture for the exotic pet trade. They are one of the most commonly bred species in captivity, in zoos worldwide, but also for the pet trade, and for medical testing.

Max was rescued by a concerned resident in Bangkok after being found being kept as a pet by a street food seller, he was purchased from his owner, kept for a month then brought to WFFT. He approximately 3-4 months old and wound still be very dependent on the care of his parents and other family members at this young age. After an initial health check by the WFFT Vet Team he seems in relatively good health, other than being under weight. Animals that are taken away from their mother at a very young age often suffer from malnutrition and various other ailments brought on by this event throughout their lives. For now, little Max will be receiving round the clock care from out team. We will keep you updated on his progress. Keep Wildlife Wild and Not as Pets.

 

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