Golden Lion Tamarin

Golden Lion Tamarin

Golden Lion Tamarin
Leontopithecus rosalia


CLASS
Mammalia
ORDER
Primates
FAMILY
Callitrichidae

Range

Brazil


Habitat

Atlantic coastal forest


Diet

Fruits, insects, and small lizards

Weight

17 - 24 oz.

Body

6 – 10 in.

Tail

12 - 15 in.

Gestation

126 – 130 days

Young

Usually 2

IUCN Status

Endangered

Facts

  • It is named for the mane of fur around its head and its bright coloration.
  • They differ from other marmosets and tamarins because they have long, narrow hands and long fingers.
  • Many golden lion tamarin groups are composed of an adult pair and their young from recent litters.
  • A group's territory averages about 100 acres which they actively defend through vocalizations, scent marking, territory patrols and ritualized group encounters.

 

Conservation

In the past, major threats included forest loss and fragmentation along with a capture for pets and trade. Today, the main factor is reduced numbers and limited possibilities for growth in the few fragmented and degraded forests that remain in their restricted range.

AZA zoos, the Brazilian government, and other organizations are working to increase their numbers and create a sustainable population. About 1,500 golden lion tamarins live in the wild, and about 450 live in zoos worldwide.

Endangered

 

CITES Appendix I

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Address

Alexandria Zoo
3016 Masonic Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
P: (318) 441-6810

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