Have you ever seen an amazing animal, either at the zoo, on maybe in a safari park? One you wish you could photograph because it looked exotic and unique? I discovered one of the world’s most beautiful animals on a trip to Wellington Zoo this year – the Golden Lion Tamarin monkey.
Meet the Golden Lion Tamarin
This golden monkey has become one of the world’s most endangered animals because it is hunted by poachers and its forest habitat is being destroyed to make way for agricultural plantations. It is only found in a very limited area including the lowland forests of Brazil, and in the wild, they will live for approximately 15 years. In zoos, like Wellington, they can live up to 20 years.
The Tamarin is about 35.5 cms/(14 ins) long and weighs just 453 grams/(1 pound). It has a tail that is slightly longer than its body and when you can see it, the tail has a graceful curl. The species lives on nectar, fruit and insects.
I found a couple of links that tell you a lot about this gorgeous and exotic animal. The Golden Tamarin has help and people are fighting for its survival but it is still on the ‘Endangered’ list.
Do you have a favourite animal you have photographed or one you dream of capturing ‘on film’ one day?