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PHOTOS: Baby golden lion tamarin debuts at Prospect Park Zoo

An adorable baby golden lion tamarin is now on exhibit at the Prospect Park Zoo.

golden lion tamarin prospect park zoo A golden lion tamarin mother and its baby perch on a branch at Prospect Park Zoo.
Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © Wildlife Conservation Society

An adorable baby golden lion tamarin is now on exhibit at the Prospect Park Zoo.

The baby golden lion tamarin was born May 9 to parents Pablo and Teodora, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society, which runs the zoo.

In the wild, all golden lion tamarins in a family group take care of youngsters. There are seven members in the golden lion tamarin group at the Prospect Park Zoo.

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Native to the Atlantic rain forests of Brazil, golden lion tamarins are small monkeys that stand just 10 inches tall. Despite their small size, they are the largest of the tamarins as well as other species in their taxonomic family, the Wildlife Conservation Society said.

Golden lion tamarins are considered endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Approximately 1,000 of them are surviving in the wild, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society.

golden lion tamarin prospect park zoo Golden lion tamarins are considered endangered.
Credit: Julie Larsen Maher © Wildlife Conservation Society

If you visit the Prospect Park Zoo


Address: 450 Flatbush Avenue in Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on weekends, April through October; 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. November through March

Cost: $8 for adults, $6 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for kids ages 3 to 12 and free for visitors under 3

More information: call718-399-7339 or visit the zoo's website

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