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Tropical
Rainforest

Golden Headed Lion Tamarin

When in danger of defending its territory, this tamarin raises its fantastic mane and fluffs up its fur to give it the appearance of being bigger than it really is, whilst flicking its tongue at the intruder to scare them away.

Females and males are very similar in appearance, as are the young, but unlike most other primates, it is the adult female that is usually larger than the adult male.

DID YOU KNOW? The Golden-headed lion tamarins make several different sounds including trills, clucks, long calls and whines. 

 

Current Status

  • Least Concern
  • Near Threatened
  • Vulnerable
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild
  • Extinct

Key Facts

Flowers and nectar, and prey on small animals such as frogs, snails, lizards and spiders, and may opportunistically feed on gums, saps and latex.
Callitritchidae
12 years wild
20+ years captivity
Endangered
East of Brazil, in the southern portion of Bahia.
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