Marilyn and Medo, our pair of golden lion tamarins, arrived at Newquay Zoo in December 2020. You can find the pair over on Tapir Island along with our pygmy marmosets.
Golden lion tamarins are native to Atlantic coastal rainforests of south-eastern Brazil and are typically found in lowland areas.
They mainly eat soft fruit and insects, but they will eat flowers, nectar and small invertebrates.
Golden lion tamarins were formerly threatened by loss and fragmentation of their forest habitat. Individuals were captured for trade or as pets. Currently, the biggest concern to the overall population is their highly limited and heavily fragmented natural range, combined with the small overall population, which doesn’t allow for successful breeding.