Scientific Name: Leontopithecus rosalia
Habitat: lowland coastal rain forests
Diet: insects, fruit, lizards and birds
Life span: 15 years (23 years in captivity)
Young: usually twins
Size: 0.64 kg (1.4 lbs)
Golden lion tamarins form intricate social family groups. Males help raise offspring; babies are often clutched to their backs between feedings. They are found on the Atlantic coast of south-eastern Brazil and are listed as endangered. Their habitat is disappearing due to expanding logging and agriculture industry in Brazil's Atlantic coastal rain forests. The Edmonton Valley Zoo is participating in the golden lion tamarin Species Survival Plan to help preserve this species.
Golden lion tamarins get their name from the silky golden mane that frames their dark face.
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