This photo was taken in the Bermuda Zoo which is quite small. However, the authorities here have done a great job of setting up very natural environment for the animals. The zoo is practically cage-less and these monkeys seem to roam free among the visitors.
Golden lion tamarins are small orange-yellow monkeys, weighing 500 to 600 grams. They live in the heavily populated coastal region of Brazil, where less than two percent of the forest remains. They are endangered because their habitat has been fragmented into small, unconnected areas, each area only capable of supporting a small number of groups. About 1,500 golden lion tamarins live in the wild. About 450 live in zoos worldwide.
(I posted another photo in WS with two monkeys: one is viewed in profile and another - en face, to show these beautiful creatures from different angles)
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Noel_Byrne (7450) 2013-02-10 9:51
Thanks for your note, the perfect accompaniment to your image. I've not heard of this creature before, and its a beautiful little thing. So light too! I love to hear of zoos where the animals are treated so well, and it sounds like that is the case here. Lovely composition, and I really like the white and green frame too.