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The golden lion tamarin is a rare and beautiful primate. This small monkey weighs around a pound and sports a silky, golden coat and a lion-like mane. Golden lion tamarins are endangered; there are only about 500 left in the wild. They live in a small area of Brazil northeast of Rio de Janeiro, in the scattered remnants of the Atlantic coastal rainforest. Tamarins eat fruit, insects and eggs, and occasionally catch small lizards, toads and frogs. Tamarins tend to be monogamous, remaining with the same mate for life.

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Golden Lion Tamarin by Jessie Cohen / NZP
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