Two Endangered Golden Lion Tamarin Born At Atlanta Zoo: ‘Critical To Species Survival’

Atlanta Zoo has been doubly blessed this week with the birth of Golden Lion Tamarin Twins!

The Zoo recently announced that the endangered Golden Lion Tamarins, Blixx and Tiete, have birthed twins in February!

With the twins now a month old, the babies are both keeping in good health! According to the Zoo, the newborns weighed just two ounces each when born. And after an “exceptionally fragile” first month, which is very common in this breed, the twins are healthy and growing.

Two new Golden Lion Tamarin

The birth of any animal at Zoo Atlanta is cause for celebration, but Zoo Atlanta’s long partnership in the conservation of this endangered species makes these especially important births that are crucial to the long-term viability of their species.

Jennifer Mickelberg, Ph.D. – Vice President of Collections and Conservation at Atlanta Zoo.

In their natural habitat, the Golden Lion Tamarins are often only found in the Atlantic Coastal Forest, Brazil. Only 2% of Tarmarins’ natural habitat remains in a livable condition for them.

Highlighted : The Atlantic Coastal Forest, Brazil.

The Golden Lion Tamarins’ are listed as “Endangered” by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

In a recent press release, Atlanta Zoo stated that: “in the 1970s the golden lion tamarin was on the brink of extinction, with only 200 tamarins left in the wild,

“In the 1990s and early 2000s, a successful cooperative breeding program led to zoo-born tamarins’ reintroduction, including two family groups from Zoo Atlanta, into the Atlantic Coastal Forest,

“The wild population, which ultimately rebounded to around 3,000 animals, is today largely descended from these reintroduced individuals.”

“Despite these successes, the golden lion tamarin population has experienced sharp and alarming declines in recent years, largely as a result of yellow fever. While habitat loss is a major factor for the species, yellow fever is believed to have decimated as much as a third of the remaining wild population,” the release added.

As numbers are declining, wild Golden Lion Tamarins may have to depend on zoo’s to protect the species from extinction yet again.

Both twins seem like they are up the task, thanks to the expert parenting of Blixx and Niete. Animal lovers have a chance of spotting the family at the Atlanta Zoo – specifically in the KIDZone Area.

Written by Hannah Conway