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:
Golden Tamarins form small communities of two to nine animals - although sometimes as many as 14.
At night, Tamarins sleep in abandoned nesting holes in trees.
Tamarins have sharp, nail-like claws which help them climb straight up tree trunks.