Golden lion tamarin by Yannik Hay

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This was captured at Montreal’s Biodome.
Montreal, Canada.
Golden Lion Tamarin12
Conservation status
Endangered (IUCN 3.1)3
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Primates
Family: Callitrichidae
Genus: Leontopithecus
Species: L. rosalia
Binomial name
Leontopithecus rosalia
(Linnaeus, 1766)

The Golden Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia, Portuguese: Mico-leão Dourado) also known as Golden Marmoset, is a small New World monkey of the family Callitrichidae. Native to the Atlantic coastal forests of Brazil, the Golden Lion Tamarin is an endangered species with an estimated wild population of “more than 1,000 individuals” and a captive population maintained at approximately 490 individuals.[3

As its name would suggest, this lion tamarin is a reddish orange to golden brown in color. Its hair is longer and darker around the face, forming a mane on top of the head and on the cheeks and throat. Its limbs are slender yet capable with sharp claw-like nails (called tegulae), befitting its strictly arboreal life. Although quite long, its tail is not prehensile. The tail and forepaws of this monkey may have a black coloration. Its body may be up to 335 millimetres (13.2 in) long and its tail up to 400 millimetres (16 in). The male reaches a maximum weight of just 700 grams (25 oz) in the wild though higher weights can be found in captivity. The pregnant female may weigh up to 790 grams (28 oz) but a non-gestating female typically weighs closer to 550 grams (19 oz). ref: Wikipedia.

Date: 2008-06-08
Canon Canon EOS 5D
Lens: 90mm
Kenko 82mm circular pl
ISO: 500
Shutter speed: 1/80 secs.
F/ 0.3
Copyright: Yannik Hay


biodome, golden, jungle, monkey, nature, primates, wildlife

Started photography in 1975.
Took photography classes.
Learned black and white dark room.
Did the transition to digital in 2005.
Learned a few post-processing programs and made my choice to Photoshop and Lightroom.

I like to shoot wildlife, birds, macro, landscapes and street photography to name a few.

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  • Vitta
    Vittaalmost 4 years ago

    Brilliant image Yannik!! I love it!!

  • Thank you very much Vitta for your great reaction :) Take care!

    – Yannik Hay

  • Catherine  Howell
    Catherine Howellalmost 4 years ago

    This is an awesome capture!!

  • Hi Catherine, thx so much for your great comment. Take care!

    – Yannik Hay

  • Pene Stevens
    Pene Stevensalmost 4 years ago

    wow… this is a fantastic photo Yannik!
    very nicely done :)

  • Many thx Pene, for the warm comment. Cheers :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • duncandragon
    duncandragonalmost 4 years ago

    Great capture!

  • Many thx Duncan, I am very pleased that you like it! Cheers!

    – Yannik Hay

  • starikarp
    starikarpalmost 4 years ago

    excellent shot!

  • Thank you very much, that is very kind of you.

    – Yannik Hay

  • Trish Threlfall
    Trish Threlfallalmost 4 years ago

    awesome capture Yan ,

  • Thank you Trish for your nice comment, all the best!

    – Yannik Hay

  • pat gamwell
    pat gamwellalmost 4 years ago


    FEATURE PAGE: Primate Pals

  • Woohoo Pat! Thx so much for featuring my little golden lion tamarin :) I am so pleased! Have a great day :)

    – Yannik Hay

  • rodeorose
    rodeorosealmost 4 years ago

    How delightful Yannik-Congratulations on your feature!

  • Thank you for your kind comments, fav and congratulations. Best wishes!

    – Yannik Hay

  • velveteagle
    velveteaglealmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful looking creature.. What a moment to capture…

  • I’m very pleased that you like it. Thx so much. Cheers!

    – Yannik Hay

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseabout 3 years ago

    Great to enjoy your Wildlife posts via your Collections Yan- PP looks great my friend!

  • Thank you so much Rosie for the great comment. I love this new addition from RedBubble. It was greatly missed by many members. It makes searches in our page so much easier. I’m very pleased that you like this work :) Take good care!

    – Yannik Hay

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