A Tiny Tamarin for Pablo and Teodora

April 6, 2012

The Prospect Park Zoo’s golden lion tamarins are the proud parents of a new baby. When you visit the family in Animal Lifestyles, look closely—the baby is so tiny that many visitors completely miss it!

The Prospect Park Zoo’s golden lion tamarins Pablo and Teodora are the proud parents of a new baby. When you visit the family in Animal Lifestyles, look closely—the baby is so tiny that many visitors completely miss it!

Golden lion tamarins are small monkeys native to the Atlantic rainforests of Brazil. Although they stand just ten inches tall, they are the largest of their taxonomic family (callitrichids), which includes other tamarin species as well as marmosets.

All members of the callitrichid family are highly arboreal. The golden lion tamarins, as well as their neighbors, the Geoffrey’s tamarins, will make pectacular leaps across their exhibits as they bounce from branch to branch, much like they would do in the treetops of their wild habitats.

The new baby’s big brother Leandro, now nine months old, plays a role in caring for the little one. Callitrichids share parenting duties and juveniles often help carry an infant. Pablo and Teodora only let Leandro care for the infant for short stints, but it provides good experience: Leandro will need to learn this skill for when he is ready to start his own family. In the wild, all members of the golden lion tamarin family group will assist with the care of juveniles.