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Golden Lion Tamarin

Leontopithecus rosalia


Weight: 410-650g males are larger than females.

Habitat: Primary lowland tropical forest from sea level to 1000m is preferred, although it sometimes is found in secondary forest and cultivated areas.

Age to Maturity: 2-3 years.

Gestation Period: 125-132 days.

Birth Season: September to March.

Birth Rate: There is 1 or sometimes 2 litters/year, usually consisting of twins. Maximum Age: 15 years.

Diet: They eat mostly insects and fruit, but occasionally they eat small birds and lizards, toads and frogs, and bird eggs.

Threats: More than 90% of the original Atlantic coastal forest, which contains its habitat, has been lost or fragmented to obtain lumber and charcoal and to clear out areas for plantations, cattle pasture, and development. Capture for zoos and private collections were also a threat.































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