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This is the photograph of a golden lion tamarin, a new world monkey at the Bronx Zoo, New York.

New World monkeys are limited to tropical forest environments of southern Mexico, Central, and South America. All of these monkeys are predominantly arboreal and mostly herbivorous. They eat leaves, fruits, nuts, gums, and occasional small prey such as insects. Today, there are at least 53 species commonly divided into three families--Callithricidae, Cebidae, and Atelidae.

Tamarins are one of the new world monkeys. Golden lion tamarins are small (500-600 grams) monkeys native to Brazil. They live in the heavily populated coastal region of Brazil, where less than 2 percent of the forest remains.

They are endangered because their habitat has been fragmented into small, unconnected areas, each area only capable of supporting a small number of groups. Without intervention by the National Zoo, other zoos, organizations, and the Brazilian government, inbreeding would soon lead to the local extinction of many of these small populations of tamarins, and eventually of the entire species.
About 1,200 golden lion tamarins (GLTs) live in the wild, most in or near the Reserva Biologica de Poço das Antas in the state of Rio de Janeiro. About 450 live in zoos worldwide

From: http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ConservationAndScience/EndangeredSpecies/GLTProgram/Learn/

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