Golden lion tamarin

A tiny lion with a heart of gold, bringing sunshine to the rainforest canopy

Jeroen Kransen

If you love lions and monkeys, you might be fascinated by the golden lion tamarin, a small and beautiful primate that lives in the forests of Brazil. It has bright orange fur and a long mane that resembles a lion’s, but it is much smaller and more agile than its feline namesake.

The golden lion tamarin is a social animal that lives in family groups of two to eight members. It spends most of its time in the treetops, jumping and climbing with its long tail and claw-like nails. It eats fruits, insects, and small animals and shares its food with its relatives. It also communicates with different sounds and gestures, such as whistles, trills, barks, and facial expressions.


Population est.
Official estimate
Rio De Janeiro

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic / Monomorphic (size)

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Troop

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No