Golden Headed Lion Tamarin

Females and males are very similar in appearance

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. Unlike most other primates, it is the adult female that is usually larger than the adult male.

  • 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.
Life Span:
12 years wild | 20+ years captivity
East of Brazil, in the southern portion of Bahia.
Did you know?
The Golden-headed lion tamarins make several different sounds including trills, clucks, long calls and whines.

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