Golden-Headed Lion Tamarin

Golden-headed lion tamarins are one of four species of lion tamarins, all of which are from the rainforests of Brazil, and all are endangered species. Our golden-headed lion tamarins came to us from the Brevard Zoo in Florida. In the wild a golden-headed lion tamarin’s diet mainly consists of fruit, flowers, and insects. When you visit the zoo you may hear high-pitched trills and whines coming from these small creatures.


  • Scientific Name: leontopithecus chrysomelas
  • Range: Atlantic coastal rainforest in Brazil
  • Status in the Wild: Endangered
  • Location in the Zoo: Wortham World of Primates
  • Cool Animal Fact: Golden-headed lion tamarins also communicate using smell. They have scent glands which they use to mark their territory and pathways to food sources. Individuals can be identified by one another based on their scent.