A pair of Golden Lion Tamarins has moved into the Carolina SciQuarium’s Amazon Edge. Baldwin and Sophia were released onto their exhibit on August 14, 2013. These small primates got their name from their striking manes. They are native to the rainforests of Brazil and spend the majority of their time in the trees, often remaining about 15 to 20 feet off the ground.
Golden Lion Tamarins are social animals, living in family groups. Troops are often made up of one breeding pair and a few other members – typically the adults’ offspring. As the offspring age, they often leave the group to find a mate, leaving an opening for another individual. They tend to form monogamous pairs and each member of the troop helps care for the young.
They are omnivores, feeding on fruits, insects, bird eggs, nectar and small animals. When full grown, Golden Lion Tamarins weigh around a pound and a half. Their bodies average between seven and nine inches in length, with an additional twelve inches or so of tail.
You can visit Baldwin and Sophia in the SciQuarium daily from 9:00am – 5:00pm. They can be seen in the tree canopy portion of the Amazon exhibit.
Golden Lion Tamarins are currently listed as an endangered species on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened Species.