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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. When you visit the zoo, you may hear high-pitched trills coming from these small creatures that sound a bit like birdsong.


Animal Facts

Scientific Name

Leontopithecus chrysomelas


Atlantic coastal rainforest in Brazil

Location in the Zoo

Wortham World of Primates

Cool Animal Fact

Golden-headed lion tamarins 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.