Golden-headed tamarin Leontopithecus chrysomelas (EEP)
Weight♂540–700g, ♀ 480–590g
Birth1–3, usually 2
omnivorous (fruit, flowers, nectar, gum, small animals...)
Golden-headed tamarins live in small groups of less than 10. Their home range covers 40–200 hectares, depending on the presence/abundance of food. Females often give birth to twins after a pregnancy lasting 125–130 days. After a few weeks, the other members of the group are allowed to carry the young, which allows the mother to eat more easily. She takes them back to breastfeed.
Like other lion tamarins, the golden-headed tamarin is the victim of deforestation due to logging, charcoal production, the growth in farming and breeding and the rise in urbanisation.
The biological reserve Una has a population of about 450 golden-headed tamarins. In the last 10 years the focus has been on the protection of surrounding forests, which allowed the reserve to expand to 18,500 hectares in 2007.
La Palmyre Zoo helps protecting this species in the wild by supporting the programme: LTBF
The Zoo de La Palmyre supports the preservation of lion tamarins in the wild through annual contributions to the Lion Tamarins of Brazil Fund (LTBF).
Status in the wild (Source: IUCN)
- Not evaluatedNE
- Data deficientDD
- Least concernLC
- Near threatenedNT
- Critically endangeredCR
- Extinct in the wildEW