EAZA Ex Situ Programme (EEP)

Silvery marmoset

(Mico argentatus)

 Zak Showell
Institution:  Shaldon Wildlife Trust

EAZA Member Area

Shaldon Zoo

IUCN Red List status

IUCN Red List LC


Programme roles

Non Conservation icon  Education
This is the only representative (species) from the Mico genus in EAZA. The ex situ population should be used to educate visitors about callitrichid biology, ecology and conservation

This attractive, popular and "easy to care for" exhibit species gives EAZA institutions the opportunity to gain (and preserve) experience with callitrichid management and to maintain knowledge on mixed-species exhibits, while "blocking space" for future callitrichid species of conservation concern.  


 Programme numbers

In December 2023, the Silvery marmoset EEP had 73 animals in 23 institutions.

Programme highlights

  • The Callitrichid TAG has an active Facebook group that is open to those working with callitrichids.
  • •The Callitrichid TAG has a playlist on YouTube with videos about Callitrichids.   

Best Practice Guidelines