Golden-headed lion tamarin


Golden-headed lion tamarin (Leonthopithecus chrysomelas)

Child raising is a family affair

Golden-headed lion tamarins are very social animals, living in groups of two to eleven individuals. Only one female has offspring, the reproductive cycle of the others is suppressed by pheromones. Therefore, the young are exclusive and are cared for by the whole group: older siblings and in particular the father carry the young, usually twins, on their back. The mother only takes them for nursing. Raising the young as a family helps the mothers to stay fit and healthy.

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Category: Mammal

Weight: 500-600g

Size: 20-34 cm + 30-40cm tail

Age: 12-18 years

Sexually mature: 18-24 month

gestation period: 120-130 days, often twin births

food: Fruits, insects, flowers, nectar, tree sap, small vertebrates

habitat: primary lowland rainforests, higher-lying forests

Way of life: diurnal, dwelling in trees

Danger: highly endangered (IUCN 2008) by habitat destruction, fragmentation, urbanization

Breeding program: There is a European Conservation Breeding Program (EEP), in which the Görlitz Nature Reserve takes part

distribution: Brazil, southeast of the state of Bahia

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