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Golden Lion Tamarin
Active and curious, largely monogamous, communication is by a range of calls and scent-marking.
Fruit and insects primarily, but could include bird eggs, flowers and small vertebrates.
Extremely limited, along the Atlantic coast of Brazil in coastal forests.
Several efforts are underway to stabilize the species, including a reintroduction program along with a population management program in zoos. Habitat destruction is an ongoing worry.
- Golden lion tamarins don’t sleep in the same spot two nights in a row.
- They like to sleep in hollow trees or dense vines as much as 50 feet off the ground.
Animalia, Chordata, Mammalia, Primates, Callitrichidae
Place of Birth
Brazilian coastal forests
10 inches tall, weighing less than 2 pounds
An unmistakable orange or red