Golden-headed lion tamarin

Leontopithecus Chrysomelas

IUCN Status:


Fruits, flowers, nectar and even small animals like frogs, lizards and spiders!


Only one female in a group will breed, everyone else will help care for the young, this is called co-operative breeding.

At The Zoo

All our golden headed lion tamarins belong to the Brazilian government and as a requirement of the stud book the sexes have been separated to stop our troop from continued breeding.


Only 2-5% of their original habitat remains. This is mainly lowland seasonal rainforest in the state of Bahia, Brazil. They prefer older forests as there are more tree holes available for sleeping sites.

Fun Facts

When threatened they will fluff up their manes to look bigger than they are, and wiggle their tongues at intruders!


An average group size for this species is 5-8 individuals. When foraging they use their long slender fingers to reach into holes and break open wood to find tasty insects inside.