Golden Lion Tamarin

Leontopithecus rosalia

Photograph submitted by Lisa

"glittering like doubloons ... like ingots being thrown about".

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"The Golden lion tamarin is probably one of the most beautiful of all mammals. A little bigger than a newly born kitten, it has incredibly long "artistic" fingers and its long fur looks, quite literally as if it is spun gold. This amazing glittering pelt stands away from its face in a sort of semi-recumbent mane which gives it a lion-like look. Like all the marmosets and tamarins their movements are incredibly quick and sometimes they move with such speed it is impossible to follow the movement with your eye. They are omnivorous, the bulk of their food being fruit and insects, but they will eat tree frogs with relish and will even ... go into hollow trees in the daytime to hunt for roosting bats to add to their diet. Their vocalizations are very bird-like as they communicate in a series of trills, sharp squeaks and chatterings. "

THE ARKS ANNIVERSARY © Gerald Durrell 1990

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Leontopithecus chrysomelas

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