Happy Monkey Day!

Published December 11, 2014

December 14 is Monkey Day, an international celebration of our simian friends. And we’ve got a few monkeys of our own to honor here at the National Aquarium—our golden lion tamarins!

Golden lion tamarin

Native to Brazil, these tree-dwelling monkeys are named for the thick, golden mane that circles their heads. Golden lion tamarins are an endangered species. A good portion of their habitat in Brazil has been lost to development, fragmented into small areas that can’t support the entire population.

But there’s good news for these monkeys—groups, such as the Golden Lion Tamarin Conservation Program headquartered at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo, are working to protect and revive the golden lion tamarin population. Conservation efforts include behavior studies, captive breeding and reintroduction, education and habitat restoration.

Join us in celebrating golden lion tamarins and our other primate pals this weekend on Monkey Day!

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