Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park is excited to announce the arrival of two golden-headed lion tamarins, Dan and Valentine. Dan, a 15-year-old male, came to the zoo in April from the Utica Zoo. Valentine, a six-year-old female, comes from Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, DC. These two primates came to the zoo on a breeding recommendation through the golden-headed lion tamarin Species Survival Plan (SSP).
Golden-headed lion tamarins are small primates named for their bright gold mane surrounding the head. Their bodies are dark brown to black, with golden markings along the arms and tail. They are native to the tropical forests of southern Brazil, and feed on the fruits, flowers, nectar, and insects of their habitat.