Golden lion tamarin


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Golden Lion Tamarin Facts

New World Monkey
Alternative names: Leontopithecus rosalia, Golden marmoset, Golden lion marmoset, Mico-leao-dourado
Where in the world? Brazil
Habitat: Hilltop, hillside and coastal forests
Diet: Fruits, flowers, insects, bird eggs, small lizards and birds
Size: 7.5 to 10.3 inches long
Weight: 1.27 to 1.4 pounds
Average lifespan: 14 to 15 years
Conservation status: Endangered

The golden lion tamarin or golden lion marmoset is so named because of the reddish orange mane that surrounds its dark, hairless face. The rest of its fur is also reddish orange and this color is believed to be the result of exposure to sunlight, as well as the carotenoids in their diet. Carotenoids are organic pigments found in the leaves of plants which help plants make food and also protect them from sun damage.

They have sharp claws like other New World monkeys, enabling them to cling to the side of a tree trunk while looking for food. They also have long fingers that allow them to extract insects, which constitute up to 15% of their diet, from crevices in trees and under leaves. About 80% of their diet is made up of fruit, especially the small and sweet, pulpy fruits growing on trees.

Taken from IP Factly’s 25 Awesome Apes & Monkeys

YouTube video playlist
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The Playlist:

  1. Golden Lion Tamarin – Conservation International (CI) by ConservationDotOrg
  2. Baby golden lion tamarin is exploring the world, Durrell Wildlife Park – May 4, 2013 by OlenaKovalenko
  3. Golden Lion Tamarin by Discovery Channel
  4. Return to the Wild segment by zoovideoproductions
  5. Golden lion tamarins — how SavingSpecies is restoring their habitats by stuart pimm



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