Golden-headed lion tamarin twins born Oct 2021 Natl Zoo DC

For the beauty of the Earth: a golden-headed lion tamarin carried his 3-month-old twins through the habitat at Washington’s National Zoo. The species is native to an area in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil which is being rapidly destroyed by farmers and poachers, leaving only 6000 left in the wild. Twins are common among golden-heads; the parents, ages 7 and 4, are first-timers bonding well with the little ones. The twins are easy to tell apart with distinctive markijngs; one takes after mom and one after dad, though the babies genders are not yet determined. Mom lets the kids explore independently, while dad is cautious and protective. (National Zoo)

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