Animal Facts

  • Genus:

    Leontopithecus
  • Species:

    Rosalia
  • Conservation
    Status:

    Endangered

  • Found In:

    Brazil
  • Length:

    260mm
  • Weight:

    620g

Meet our cheeky monkeys!

Adelaide Zoo is home to a group of nine gorgeous Golden Lion-tamarins. These adorable little guys get their name thanks to their beautiful reddish-orange hair colour.

Aurora was born at Palm Beach Zoo in the US in 2010 and arrived here at Adelaide Zoo in April 2013. Aurora is a loving mother who gained valuable experience as a mum by helping raise her brothers and sisters before having her own offspring. She can be quite timid and will always allow her young to have first share of the food!

Sharing the home with Aurora are her four offpsring, Arella, Alondra, Raquel and Rodrigo!

In June 2017, Adelaide Zoo welcomed male Roscoe from Mogo Zoo in New South Wales. Within six months, Roscoe had successfully paired up with female Arella and the pair welcomed twin babies, Frida and Diego in November 2017. Roscoe and Arella then gave birth to another tiny cutie in September 2019.

The Golden Lion Tamarin is native to the Atlantic coastal rainforests of Brazil and gets its name from the gorgeous reddish-orange colour of its hair, which is longer around the head making it look similar to a lion’s mane. It’s believed that this species gets its stunning colour from sunlight and the carotenoids (pigments) in their food.The Golden Lion Tamarin has a diverse, omnivorous diet consisting of fruit, flowers, nectar, bird eggs, insects and small vertebrates.

Golden Lion Tamarins are social and live in groups of up to eight members. These groups usually consist of one adult breeding pair and their offspring. Both male and female offspring may leave their family group at around four years of age to look for their own breeding opportunities.

The Golden Lion Tamarin is an endangered species with approximately 3,000 individuals left in the wild. It’s believed that the Golden Lion Tamarin has lost between 95-98% of its natural home range and can now only be found in small pockets of rainforest in Brazil. The major threat facing the species is habitat loss and fragmentation due to farming, logging and livestock in addition to the illegal wildlife trade.

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