Story By: Gheorghi Caraseni, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
These high-quality images show the rare endangered golden monkeys which have been unveiled at Moscow Zoo.
The two female Golden Lion Tamarins (Leontopithecus rosalia) have been displayed for the public at Moscow Zoo after being released from quarantine.
The monkeys, which are listed as ‘endangered’ on the IUCN Red List, are both five years old and being kept it in the Primate’s Home section of the zoo in the Russian capital.
The CEO of the Moscow Zoo Svetlana Akulova said: “We are very happy to greet the Golden Tamarin in our collection. We had had the negotiations on getting these absolutely beautiful primates for more than a year. We’ve got two females from our colleagues from Munster, Germany”.
Akulova also hopes they can get a male of this breed so they can form a pair with one of the females and try to mate.
The cute monkeys are said to be most active in the mornings, spending the afternoon and evenings sleeping or hiding in the leaves.
Golden Tamarins have bright golden hair and their head is framed by a characteristic lush mane, almost completely hiding the ears.
The range for wild individuals is spread across four places along southeastern Brazil, with a recent census estimating 3,200 individuals left in the wild. Over time they have lost all but two-five percent of their original habitat in Brazil.
Golden Tamarins usually no taller than 20 centimetres (8 inches), their weight ranges from 500-900 grammes(1-2 lbs) and their tail can reach 35 centimetres (13 inches) in length.
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