Win the chance to name a baby pygmy marmoset at Wellington Zoo
Friday 16 Dec 2011 12:09 p.m.
Wellington Zoo is running a special TradeMe auction to win the honour of naming one of the smallest monkeys in the world.
The tiny pygmy marmoset only weighed 14 grams when she was born in October this year.
While the keepers had suspected her mother, Picchu, was pregnant for some time, the baby's arrival was a pleasant surprise.
The winner will be able to name the monkey, spend time with the primate keepers and explore inside the marmoset enclosure.
"The prize can be claimed up to three months after the auction closes, so this could be a one of a kind Christmas present for a friend - or for you!" says the zoo on their TradeMe page.
The current bid is sitting just above $600. All proceeds from the auction will go directly into activities that care for the animals at the zoo.
"We always seek to assign funds to the areas of greatest benefit here at Wellington Zoo," explained zoo spokesperson Kate Baker.
The cute little creature was only the second pygmy marmoset to be born in New Zealand. Her brother, Cusco, was the first. There are now six pygmy marmosets at Wellington Zoo.