Utica Zoo’s live camera receives international recognition

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UTICA — The Utica Zoo’s live camera inside its cotton top tamarin and rhinoceros iguana exhibits recently received international recognition as part of EarthCam’s Top 25 Most Interesting Web Cameras of 2019 awards.

EarthCam, the camera’s host and service provider, recently announced its top 25 award winners, selecting the top 25 from thousands of cameras around the world for image quality, uniqueness of content, and achievements in webcam technology.

The winners represent a wide cross section of camera content from numerous global locations, according to the announcement by the Utica Zoo.

Other cameras winning Top 25 awards included: Abbey Road in London; the Djuma Wild Game Preserve in South Africa; the Nautilus DeepSea Submersible; the Zhangjiajie Glass Suspension Bridge in China; and several domestic locations including the Empire State Building and San Diego Zoo, who hosts eight different cameras around their zoo.

“Our cotton top tamarin and rhinoceros iguana camera has been a huge hit since the day we turned it on and winning this award in our first year is simply outstanding,” said Utica Zoo Marketing Coordinator Mark Simon.

“We were fortunate enough to win this camera system and hosting for five years, and now we are able to tell our story to people all over the world and share our animals with people who may never get the opportunity to see these magnificent species,” Simon said. “Cotton top tamarins are critically endangered and to have people contact us from countries all over the world and ask questions about them is really quite surreal. To be voted as one of the Top 25 out of thousands of cameras all over the world is truly a great honor and we are just thrilled to receive this award.”

The Zoo has dedicated this award to the memory of Brutus, the Zoo’s cotton top tamarin who passed away earlier this week. Brutus’ mate, Dharma, and their two offspring, Tom and Sawyer, along with their exhibit mates Stubby and Blackfoot continue to welcome viewers from all over the world.

The Cotton Top Tamarin and Rhinoceros Iguana Live Camera can be viewed at UticaZoo.org/livecam.

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