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Golden Lion Tamarin

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These monkeys are distinguished by their bright orange coat and an orange or red mane around the face that gives them a lion-like appearance. They are some of the smallest living primates weighing between 400 and 700 grams.  They are prolific scent markers, using their scent to mark suitable sleeping spots and to communicate to other family groups.

Golden lion tamarin head and body length can measure 26-33 cm, with a tail length of 32-40 cm.

Estimates from the wild can be up to eight years and up to 20 years under human care.


They live in coastal rainforests of southeastern Brazil, which have been reduced to about 2% of their former original size.

Lives at Audubon Zoo

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