Hi guys! Today I’m doing a post on golden lion tamarins, adorable little monkeys.
There are thirty species of tamarins, but I wanted to focus on what I think is the cutest of them all: the golden lion tamarin.
A group of golden lion tamarins is called a troop, much like many other groups of monkeys.
Golden lion tamarins are very small, growing up to 6-10 inches with a tail of 12-15 inches. They are from the jungles of Brazil, where they live in the canopies, climbing up to 100 feet in the trees.
Golden lion tamarins are omnivorous, which means that they eat fruit, insects, and even small invertebrates.
They are very social creatures; you can often hear them chattering in the treetops. Much like other primates, they groom each other and the young can be seen playfighting.
They live a very difficult life, with many predators, and thus they only live up to eight years old in the wild.
Their main predators are snakes, raptors and small carnivores and of course, humans. They are commonly poached or illegally collected for pets. Habitat loss is also a factor in their well being due to deforestation in the jungles where they live. Due to all of these factors, the golden lion tamarin is endangered and decreasing. Despite numerous reintroduction plans, there are only around 1,500 of them left in the wild.
For more information on how you can help, visit Save the Golden Lion Tamarin.