Golden Lion Tamarin Info

Chimp with golden lion tamarin pics.

Chimp and Tamarins

COMMON NAME:  Golden Lion Tamarin (GLT)
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Leontopithecus rosalia
DIET:  Mainly fruit and nectar. Also insects.
YOUNG:  Twins are frequently born. The lead female begins having young when she reaches 18 months of age. The entire group raises the Golden Tamarin babies.
HABITAT:  Swampy forests in the eastern part of Brazil.

  • The hair is longer and darker around the face, forming a mane on top of the head and on the cheeks and throat - causing the lion-like appearance.
  • The father of the breeding pair is very active in raising the young.
  • He frequently carries the babies on his back, allowing the mother to forage.


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