Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Rare Monkey Born at the Santa Ana Zoo!

The Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park is pleased to announce the birth of a Golden-Headed Lion Tamarin on April 26, 2012. 

Closely related to the Golden Lion Tamarin, Golden-Headed Lion Tamarins have a black body with a golden-orange face and hands.  Weighing less than 1 pound as adults, the babies tip the scale at about 1/8th of a pound!  These rare monkeys are only found on the Atlantic coast of Brazil and are on special loan from the Brazilian government.

Photo by Ethan Fisher

Golden Lion Headed Tamarins are considered to be endangered by the IUCN.
Zoos have worked together for several decades on the conservation of this species.  Captive breeding, habitat restoration, conservation education and reintroductions into the wild are all part of the international effort to protect this species.   This birth is a great boost to the conservation program. 
 The Santa Ana Zoo’s four Golden-Headed Lion Tamarins combined with eleven closely related Golden Lion Tamarins make up one of the largest groups of lion tamarins in North America.

The Golden-Headed Lion Tamarins' preferred habitat is within mature forest, and it is found only in the lowland and premontane tropical forest fragments in the state of Bahia, in Brazil.   It has a very wide diet; it eats plants, flowers, nectar, insects and small invertebrates; which include insect larvae, spiders, snails, frogs, lizards, bird eggs and small snakes.

 The new baby is on view for the public daily between 10:00AM and 4:00PM at the Santa Ana Zoo in Prentice Park, 1801 Chestnut Avenue, Santa Ana, CA 92701. 
Admission is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and children 3-12 years. Children under three are free. 

Photo by Ethan Fisher

  For more information call 714-836-4000 or visit our website at: www.santaanazoo.org.

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