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Golden Lion Tamarin

Zoo Location: Forest
Golden Lion Tamarin
Habitat

Native to Atlantic coastal rainforests of south-eastern Brazil. They are typically found in lowland areas.

Wild Diet

Mainly soft fruit and insects, but they will eat flowers, nectar and small invertebrates.

Behaviour

Food sharing is very important in this species, as it helps to strengthen bonds between individuals.

Breeding

Twin births are typical, and all members of the group helping to rear the offspring of the reproductive females.

Threats

The main threat to these beautiful mammals is habitat loss – with 90% of the coastal rainforest that they live in having been destroyed through logging and clearance for new development. The pet trade now has very little impact on wild numbers, although you do occasionally see them for sale as pets in markets.

INFORMATION

  • Latin Name: Leontopithecus rosalia
  • Class: Mammals
  • Order: Primates
  • Family: Cebidae
  • Conservation status: Endangered
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