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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 alarm 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 Tamarin Golden lion tamarins are golden-brown in color.



Map Distributional range in Brazil, South America