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Golden Lion Tamarin Photo

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.

Fun Fact

Golden lion tamarins get their name from the silky golden mane that frames their dark face.

Learn More About This Species:

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Golden lion tamarin on Wikipedia


Golden Lion Tamarin Range Photo

Range: Brazil



Status: Endangered

For More Information

Edmonton Valley Zoo

13315 Buena Vista Road (87th Avenue)
PO Box 2359
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 2R7


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