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Golden Headed Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus chrysomelas)

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Golden headed lion tamarins have black bodies, with golden fur on their heads, tails and arms. They live in family groups of 2 - 8 individuals, usually consisting of a pair of adults and some of their offspring. When two family groups confront each other, they raise their golden manes and fluff their fur as a mild threat.

In the group, the father and older siblings help to carry the babies and forage for insects in holes and rotten wood. They sleep in tree holes, preferring old established trees and will sleep in the same hole for up to six nights. In the wild, their range has become limited due to the lack of these big trees for nesting.

Golden Headed lion tamarins are threatened by habitat loss, as vast areas of the primary Atlantic forest have been cut down to form cocoa plantations, to make charcoal, to graze cattle and to build houses. In addition, this species is at risk because of the pet trade.

They are part of an EEP (European Endangered Species Breeding Programme).

Brand:Pentax
Camera:Pentax K-7 Check out PENTAXPORTAL!
Lens:Sigma 70-300 APO @190mm
Recording media:RAW (digital)
Title:Golden Headed Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus chrysomelas)
Username:Kenfromsot Kenfromsot
Uploaded:3 Apr 2011 - 1:40 PM
Tags:Captive animals, Monkeys, Tamarin, Wildlife / nature, Zoo
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kinfatric
kinfatric e2 Member 10550 forum postskinfatric vcard Scotland9 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2011 - 2:36 PM

Lots of detail along with concise information supporting the shot.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 5143 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland112 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2011 - 3:08 PM

Superb shot of the Tamarin with the subject so well placed in the frame: lovely detail on the coat and with a most attractive 'pose'. I enjoyed reading your accompanying narrative too, helps one to understand the subject that much better.
Ronnie.

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diamondgeaser
diamondgeaser e2 Member 5diamondgeaser vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
3 Apr 2011 - 5:40 PM

Superb capture and fine commentary, love it......JIM.

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hary60
hary60 e2 Member 6hary60 vcard United Kingdom
3 Apr 2011 - 10:40 PM

What a great detailed capture Ken
Harry

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BarryC123
BarryC123 e2 Member 643 forum postsBarryC123 vcard Ireland25 Constructive Critique Points
6 Apr 2011 - 9:12 PM

Stunning capture of a beautiful creature - well done !

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jackitec
jackitec e2 Member 6jackitec vcard Spain
8 Apr 2011 - 10:40 PM

Terrific shot,

Jack.

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oll1e
oll1e e2 Member 757 forum postsoll1e vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
9 Apr 2011 - 6:25 PM

great shot Ken and a wonderful readup Wink

ps thankyou for your well wishes

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