Did You Know?
All adults in the group help raise baby Cotton-tops, even brothers and sisters.
The golden lion tamarin derives its name from a mane of long golden colored hair on the top of the head, cheeks and throat. Occasionally orange, black, or brown coloration is seen on the tail and forepaws of this squirrel sized monkey. Their partially webbed fingers help give them a firm hold on tree limbs, and their fingers are almost as long as their forearms! The extremely long tails are not prehensile but help them balance as they move across vines and jump from branch to branch.
Diurnal and predominantly arboreal, it is usually found at heights of 10-30 ft above the forest floor, where it inhabits abandoned nest holes. They live in small family groups of 3-8, and group members groom each other to strengthen social bonds. Golden lion tamarins are territorial and rarely stray far from the nest hole. When rival groups meet, they engage in ritual scolding, chasing, and scent marking but rarely fight.
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