The Zoo has one breeding pair (Maya and Ouro), as well as a female, Shauna, born here at the Zoo in March 2013 to Maya and Ouro. Shauna is paired with another male, Tolo, who was born in April 2005 and arrived at the Zoo in 2009 from the Philadelphia Zoo. Maya, born in April 2004, arrived at the Zoo from the Bronx Zoo in 2006. Ouro, born in November 2006, arrived at the Zoo from BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo in 2009.
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Endangered. In 1970, it was estimated that there were only 200 left in the Brazilian rainforest. As of September 2014, an estimated 3,200 golden lion tamarins can be found in their natural range due to reintroduction and as a result, have been downgraded from ‘Critically Endangered’ to ‘Endangered’ on the IUCN Red List. The golden lion tamarin is part of the Zoo's Species Survival Plan program.
Lowland and swamp tropical forests in the eastern rainforests of Brazil. More than 90% of the golden lion tamarin’s habitat has been destroyed by deforestation.
This animal’s diet consists of fruit, nectar, insects, small snakes and lizards.