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).
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