Taylor Swift arrives at Edinburgh Zoo

Posted 6 Jun 2024

Cotton-top tamarin twins with parents Elf and Zecca IMAGE: Amy Middleton 2024

Two critically endangered cotton-top tamarins have been born at the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland’s (RZSS) Edinburgh Zoo to first-time mum Elf and dad Zecca on Tuesday 4 June. Keepers at the wildlife conservation charity have named the tiny newborn monkeys ‘Taylor’ and ‘Swift’ ahead of the pop star’s highly anticipated performances in the capital this weekend.

Lorna Hughes, primate team leader at Edinburgh Zoo, said “It is incredibly exciting to welcome our newborn cotton-top tamarin twins, Taylor and Swift. Unfortunately, the species is one of the most endangered primates in the world due to extensive habitat loss, so this birth is really special. 

“Both parents will take turns caring for the youngsters, carrying them on their back for the first few months of their lives before they become more independent at around five months old.”

Edinburgh Zoo is also offering Taylor Swift The Eras Tour attendees 25% off zoo admission tickets from Friday 7 June – Sunday 9 June. More information is available at edinburghzoo.org.uk/taylor-swift