COMMON NAME: Golden Lion Tamarin (GLT) SCIENTIFIC NAME:Leontopithecus rosalia DIET: Mainly fruit and nectar. Also insects. YOUNG: Twins are frequently born. The lead female begins having young when she reaches 18 months of age. The entire group raises the Golden Tamarin babies. HABITAT: Swampy forests in the eastern part of Brazil. FACTS:
The hair is longer and darker around the face, forming a mane on top of the head and on the cheeks and throat - causing the lion-like appearance.
The father of the breeding pair is very active in raising the young.
He frequently carries the babies on his back, allowing the mother to forage.