Animals Mammals

Animals Mammals

Golden Lion Tamarin


SCIENTIFIC NAME:
Leontopithecus rosalia
PROFILE:

Golden lion tamarins were once critically endangered; their numbers had dwindled to under 300 according to a census done in the early 1990s. Due to a massive conservation effort in zoos and in the wild, their numbers have increased to just over 1,000 in a short period of time, which has upgraded their status to endangered. Deforestation and fragmented habitat still threaten this beautiful and charismatic animal in the wild, and conservation efforts around the world are going strong to help these animals survive.

TYPE OF ANIMAL:
Mammal, Primate, Callitrichidae (tamarins and marmosets)
NATIVE TO:
South America: Brazil
IUCN CONSERVATION STATUS:
Endangered
DIET:
Insectivore (insect eater), but also eat some plant material, especially fruits.
LIFESPAN:
Wild - up to 15 years; zoos - up to 20+ years
SOCIAL STATUS:
Family groups of up to 15 individuals.
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