The Zoo has a large variety of mammals. including bats, peccaries, a bush dog, ocelots and several species of monkeys. Here are some of the mammals you can find at the zoo.
Below is more information about some of our mammals. Click the thumbnails beneath each animal to see the full-size pictures.
Green Vervet Monkey
The green vervet monkey is originally from Africa, but was brought to the Caribbean over a century ago. On St. Kitts, they have become very common. There are even wild green vervet monkeys on St. Martin, most likely descendants of pet monkeys brought form St. Kitts that escaped or were released into the wild. Locally the vervet monley is known as the St. Kitts monkey.
Cotton Top Tamarin
The cotton top tamarin is a small monkey native to South America. It is critically endangered in the wild. In the gallery below you can see baby Willie on his father’s back when he was about a month old. Willie was born in the St. Maarten Zoo in September 2010.
The common marmoset is a New World Monkey from Brazil.They are very small monkeys. Males and females are of similar size with males being slightly larger. It has white ear tufts and its tail is long and banded.
The bush dog is found in Central and South America, and as you can guess from looking at it, it is related to the dogs we have as pets. Although it can be found in about ten countries in the wild, it is not very common, so it is rarely seen.
The ocelot is a wild cat found primarily in South America, Central America and Mexico. It is slightly larger than a domestic cat and has a beautiful spotted pattern. We have two ocelots at the zoo, named Ziggy and Marley. They may seem a bit lazy, but ocelots are nocturnal, so they are more active at night.
Raccoons are found in most parts of North and South America, as well as some islands in the Caribbean, although scientists are unsure how they arrived in the Caribbean. In addition to the two adult raccoons we have had at the zoo for years, we recently received three baby raccoons that were rescued after their mother died.
Peccaries are members of the pig family that are found in South America. We have two peccaries at the zoo.
You probably see goats all around the island, and we have a few at the zoo, too!
The rabbits at the zoo love to eat lettuce and other vegetables.
The Zoo has one capybara on exhibit. The capybara is the world’s largest rodent. It’s closest relatives are agoutis,chinchillas and guinea pigs. Adult capybaras may way as much as 140 pounds.