Captive Breeding and Population Management
The international captive population of the golden lion tamarins (and the other lion tamarins) is managed by the International Committee for the Conservation and Management of Lion Tamarins.
The North American Population is managed as a Species Survival Program (SSP) of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
The primary objectives of the captive population are, in priority order, to:
These objectives and the way in which the population is managed are discussed more extensively in our Master Plan Report.
As of May 2006, there are about 450 golden lion tamarins in 150 zoos. The statistics below are based on figures from December 31, 2000:
|No. Living Animals||475|
|% Growth Rate Since 1994||3.3%|
|No. Participating Institutions||153|
|No. Living Founders||3|
|No. Founder Genome Equivalents||13.4|
|% Expected Heterozygosity Retained||96.2|
|Average Mean Kinship||0.038|
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