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Monkey: Tamarin: Golden-headed tamarin

Leontopithecus chrysomelas
Mammal

IUCN Status
Currently classed as ‘endangered’ by the IUCN. Deforestation for cacao and other plantations are causing fragmented habitats, however some native large trees are left standing to help shade these plantations. This can provide small corridors between habit



Diet

Fruits, flowers, nectar and even small animals like frogs, lizards and spiders!

Habitat

Only 2-5% of their original habitat remains. This is mainly lowland seasonal rainforest in the state of Bahia, Brazil. They prefer older forests as there are more tree holes available for sleeping sites.

Behaviour

An average group size for this species is 5-8 individuals. When foraging they use their long slender fingers to reach into holes and break open wood to find tasty insects inside.

Breeding

Only one female in a group will breed, everyone else will help care for the young, this is called co-operative breeding.

Fun Facts

When threatened they will fluff up their manes to look bigger than they are, and wiggle their tongues at intruders!

At The Zoo

All our golden headed lion tamarins belong to the Brazilian government and as a requirement of the stud book the sexes have been separated to stop our troop from continued breeding.