Golden lion Tamarin
Native to Atlantic coastal rainforests of south-eastern Brazil. They are typically found in lowland areas.
Mainly soft fruit and insects, but they will eat flowers, nectar and small invertebrates.
They are very sociable animals who tend to live in groups of 2-10 individuals. Groups usually consist of mum, dad, their offspring and sometimes other relatives too. Food sharing is very important in this species, as it helps to strengthen bonds between individuals.
Breeding season is usually between September and March. Twin births are typical after a gestation period of around 4 and a half months. The infants tend to cling to their mums for the first few weeks, before all members of the group help to carry and care for the offspring.
Habitat fragmentation and unplanned urban development has resulted in 90% of their original forest habitat to be cut down.
Golden lion tamarins are classified as Endangered according to IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
- Latin Name: Leontopithecus rosalia
- Class: Mammals
- Order: Primates
- Family: Callitrichidae
- Conservation Status: Endangered
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