Adorable Golden Lion Tamarin Born at Prospect Park Zoo

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    Julie Larsen Maher

    The Prospect Park Zoo has an adorable new tree-swinging inhabitant.

    The Brooklyn zoo officially introduced a baby golden lion tamarin this week. The tiny, blond monkey was born May 9, the zoo says, and has already started perching atop its mother’s back.

    Golden lion tamarins are listed as an endangered species, with only about 1,000 surviving in the wild. Zoos, including the Prospect Park Zoo, are working together to breed captive animals to increase the diversity and stability of the species.

    They’re native to the Amazon and other Brazilian rain forests.

    The monkeys grow to be just 10 inches tall, but they’re still the largest of the tamarin species. In the wild, all the members of a tamarin group care for the young.

    They’re native to the Amazon and other Brazilian rain forests.

    There are seven golden lion tamarins at the Prospect Park Zoo.

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