Males and females similar in appearance and size.
Weight range females: 361-794g
Weight range males: 437-710g
Habitat and Distribution
Primary and secondary lowland forest, Brazil
Plant material, including fruits, nectar, flowers and exudates and animal matter including insects and reptiles
Breeding and Lifecycle
Generally lives in pairs with offspring, both sexes emigrate. As with various tamarin species, group size / structure is variable including multi-male/single female, single male/multi-female and multi-male/multi-female. Both sexes leave the family group.
Twins are typical, and in years of abundant fruit, females may produce two litters.
A great success story – captive bred Golden Lion-tamarins have been successfully re-introduced into protected habitat. Population is established, and captive-bred animals breeding in the wild. No re-introductions currently occurring, but situation is being monitored.
ZAA member zoos participate in the global captive program for the species – all individuals are held on loan from Brazilian wildlife agency.
Zoos in the region holding/displaying GLTs encouraged to support Lion-tamarins of Brazil fund.
For more information see http://www.ltbf.org/
Rowe, N (1996) – The Pictorial Guide to the Living Primates (Pogonias Press): see Page 79
IUCN Red Data List
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