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Brazil Endangered Species : Golden lion tamarin

Animal

The golden lion tamarin is a golden monkey that lives in Brazil. Also known as a golden marmoset, it is a very prominent monkey with a lion-like mane. The name of the lion tamarin comes from the mane that surrounds its head, which resembles a lion. They live in groups of social animals. The deforestation of the living area has been decreasing in recent years, and the golden lion tamarin is in danger of extinction. Brazil has undergone great economic development in recent years, but on the other hand, the destruction of nature is also progressing, and the survival of this monkey is in jeopardy.

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Habitat

It is widely distributed in the rainforest region of Brazil.

Characteristic

It is a very small monkey with a body length of 25 to 31 cm and a weight of 630 to 710 g. It is a very small species among the animals of the Callitrichidae family. The tail is longer than the body length, so it looks bigger overall. It got the name Golden because it is covered with a golden coat. The claws are claws that can cling to the trunk of a tree. You can jump and move the trees. In the daytime, I am looking for food while moving from branch to branch.

Ecology

Golden lion tamarins love fruits and most of the time they eat them. We know that we also eat nectar and resin from flowers. Live in groups of social animals. After being diurnal and active, take a good rest at night. Lifespan is 10 to 16 years. However, there is a record that they lived for less than 30 years in captivity. The breeding form is embryonic, and about 2 animals can be bred at a time from July to March. Males and females jointly raise children.

Endangered species

Golden lion tamarins are often hunted for human consumption. It was also in demand as a pet and was overfished. In addition, Brazil has been deforested a lot in recent years, resulting in a rapid decline in habitat. In the 1970s, it was reduced to just 200. After that, artificial breeding was attempted in Brazil, and at one point the number increased to 3,700. However, yellow fever was prevalent in 2017, and the number has decreased. Thousands of different types of monkeys are dead in Brazil.

Coronavirus

Golden lion tamarins are classified as monkeys. Monkeys are known to be infected with the coronavirus, and the spread of the infection poses a great threat. With the advent of the Omicron strain in 2021, there are concerns about the spread of infection.

Breeding

Golden lion tamarins are rapidly declining in number and are quite difficult for the average person to breed. Watch at the zoo or visit Brazil.

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