Leontopithecus – Lion tamarins

Small and colorful monkeys with lion-like manes that live only in Brazil

Do you know what a lion tamarin is? It’s not a lion, but a monkey that looks like one. The lion tamarins, or maned marmosets, are small and colorful primates that live only in Brazil. They have long, silky fur covering their body and forming a mane around their face, giving them a lion-like appearance.

They are all endangered or critically endangered due to habitat loss and fragmentation, hunting, and pet trade. They live in family groups of two to eight members and feed on fruits, insects, and small animals. They are agile and can jump up to 5 m (16 ft) between trees. They also have a complex vocal repertoire that helps them communicate with each other.