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Golden Headed Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus chrysomelas)

By Kenfromsot
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).

Tags: Zoo Tamarin Captive animals Monkeys Wildlife and nature

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kinfatric 13 550 9 Scotland
3 Apr 2011 2:36PM
Lots of detail along with concise information supporting the shot.

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RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
3 Apr 2011 3:08PM
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.
3 Apr 2011 5:40PM
Superb capture and fine commentary, love it......JIM.
hary60 9 2 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2011 10:40PM
What a great detailed capture Ken
BarryC123 9 43 25 Ireland
6 Apr 2011 9:12PM
Stunning capture of a beautiful creature - well done !
jackitec 9 16 Spain
8 Apr 2011 10:40PM
Terrific shot,

oll1e Plus
10 57 2 United Kingdom
9 Apr 2011 6:25PM
great shot Ken and a wonderful readup Wink

ps thankyou for your well wishes

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