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Golden Lion Tamarin
Leontopithecus rosalia

 Habitat: Lowland and coastal tropical rainforest

Range: South-east Brazil

Natural Diet: Insects/spiders, snails, small lizards, small birds and eggs, and fruit

Status in the Wild: THREATENED


Fun facts

  • Golden lion tamarins belong to a class of the smallest primates in the world

  • They make high pitched calls when a predator is seen

  • They are bright orangish-brown in color and this fur color gets more prominant in sunlight

  • They most often have twins but on occasion, a single infant is born

  • Both males and females participate in taking care of their infants



Conservation Threats

  • The major threats are habitat loss mostly by human encroachment such as agricultural practices, logging for wood, and livestock grazing.

  • Golden lion tamarins are also caught for pet trade

Golden lion tamarins are golden-brown in color.




Distributional range in Brazil, South America