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Meet Some Local Primates Native to World Cup Territory

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Soccer players from around the globe are kicking things off this summer at the World Cup in Brazil.

So we wanted to learn about some creatures from the country.

The Dakota Zoo already has three Gold-headed Lion Tamarins.

And Dakota Zoo Director Terry Lincoln says they're expecting another youngster or two from their pair in the future.

The small endangered primates native to Brazil weigh about one pound.

And Lincoln says there are probably less than three hundred in the wild and five or six hundred in captivity.

He says they are curious and playful creatures that enjoy each other's company.

"We have little balls for them, sort of hammocks, swings we build for them. A lot of their enrichment is in food. They love to eat little mealworms and things that we find gross, they love those," says Dakota Zoo Director Terry Lincoln.

Lincoln says the Dakota Zoo works with about 15 other zoos around the world to breed them in hopes that one day they will make a comeback in the wild again.

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