FUN FACTS

• Brandywine Zoo’s pair of golden headed lion tamarins are siblings who were both born here

• Golden headed lion tamarins do not build nests, instead they sleep in tree holes, vines, or epiphytes

• Tamarins are one of the few groups of primates who lack opposable thumbs

• Their tails are also not prehensile

THREATS & CONSERVATION

All species of tamarin are considered endangered or threatened by extinction. Golden headed lion tamarins are threatened due to declines in the cocoa industry, resulting in expansion of alternative crops, notably African palm oil and coconuts, and increased deforestation as a result