The golden lion tamarin, also known as the golden marmoset, is a small New World monkey of the family Callitrichidae. Native to the Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil, the golden lion tamarin is an endangered species with an estimated wild population of about 3,500 spread between four places along southeastern Brazil, and a captive population maintained at about 490 individuals among 150 zoos.
The golden lion tamarin gets its name from its bright reddish orange pelage and the extra long hairs around the face and ears which give it a distinctive mane. Its face is dark and hairless. It is believed that the tamarin gets its hair color from sunlight and carotenoids in its food. The golden lion tamarin is the largest of the callitrichines.
It is typically only around 10.3" and only weighs around 1.37 pounds.
Photographed at the Brookfield Zoo on August 24, 2017.
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