With its silky, golden mane, this tiny tamarin is aptly named! However, its beautiful coat is also one of the main reasons for its demise.
The golden lion tamarin has become one of the world’s most endangered animals – due to it being hunted by poachers and its forest habitat being destroyed to make way for agricultural plantations.
Only 2 to 3 per cent of the golden lion tamarins' original rainforest habitat is still in existence.
Golden lion tamarins are only found in the lowland forests of Brazil. In the wild, they will live for approximately 15 years, but in zoos they can live up to 20 years.