There are five golden lion tamarins at the Zoo: two breeding pairs (Maya and Oura; Iza and Tollo) and a baby, born here at the Zoo in March 2013 to Maya and Ouro. The baby's sex is currently unknown due to its age. Tolo, born in April 2005, arrived at the Zoo in 2009 from the Philadelphia Zoo. Maya, born in April 2004, arrived at the Zoo from the Bronx Zoo in 2006. Ouro, born in November 2006, arrived at the Zoo from BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo in 2009. Iza arrived in April 2013 from Utah's Hogle Zoo.
Status in the Wild
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Endangered. There are more than 1,000 golden lion tamarins left in the Brazilian rainforest thanks to vigorous conservation efforts. In 1970, it was estimated that there were only 200 left in the wild. The golden lion tamarin is part of the Zoo's Species Survival Plan program.
Lowland and swamp tropical forests in the eastern rainforests of Brazil. More than 90% of the golden lion tamarin’s habitat has been destroyed by deforestation.
This animal’s diet consists of fruit, nectar, insects, small snakes and lizards.