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Golden-Headed Lion Tamarin Fact Sheet

  • Latin Name

    Leontopithecus chrysomelas
  • Class

  • Order

  • Range

    This species is found only in the southern portion of Brazil's state of Bahia.

  • Status

    Golden-headed lion tamarins are endangered due to habitat loss and the illegal pet trade. Much of the species’ rain forest habitat has been destroyed in favor of lumber, agriculture and livestock. Lincoln Park Zoo helps conserve the species by participating in the Golden-headed Lion Tamarin Species Survival Plan®.

  • Habitat

    The golden-headed lion tamarin favors the middle to upper canopy of the rain forest.

  • Niche

    This small primate spends almost all of its time in the trees, where it feeds primarily on fruit and insects.

  • Life History

    Golden-headed lion tamarins live in groups consisting of a breeding pair and their young offspring. Individuals keep in contact with vocalizations as they forage for food. Adults are territorial and will attempt to drive other golden-headed lion tamarins from their area.


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