How to Draw a Golden Lion Tamarin

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Golden Lion Tamarin in 7 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Golden Lion Tamarin.

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How to Draw a Golden Lion Tamarin - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw the head, using two ovals, one on top of the other. The bottom part of the bottom oval should have a small hump shape in it.

Step 2: Add the eyes, using two large circles, then the nose underneath, with two small triangle shapes as the nostrils, and then the mouth with a thick line almost like a semi-circle at the bottom.

Step 3: Draw the hair around the face. Think of a wild, messy mane of a lion—which is how this monkey got its name.

Step 4: Draw the body and tail. Start with a small line for the neck coming down from the back of the mane, before bending back and drawing part of a circle for the back and underside. Then draw a narrow, curving tube shape for the tail.

Step 5: Draw one leg, with a large thigh where the line for the body ends, and a small foot with three toes at the bottom of that.

Step 6: Draw the front limb, a lot like the back leg but with a much thinner upper limb. The hands should be about the same size as the feet.

Step 7: Lastly, draw the other pair of limbs on the other side of the tamarin. You will only see a bit of these that aren’t covered by its body.

Interesting Facts about the Golden lion tamarin

The golden lion tamarin is an amazing type of new world monkey that can be found in the Atlantic coastal forests in Brazil. This monkey is extremely easy to spot because of it extremely unique appearance. They get their name because of their incredibly striking golden yellow-orange color mane and fur except for the tail and paws which are brown.

Did you know?

  • There are four different lion tamarin species which are all found in Brazil
  • Sadly, these monkeys are endangered with only around 1,500 of these fantastic creatures still alive in the wild with another 500 in zoos around the world
  • As an attempt to keep this population safe they have been bred in captivity since the 1960s, successfully reintroducing over 400 of these monkeys back into brazil since 1984
  • These monkeys like to stay in small groups just like our human families, with two adults, one male and one female and then a few younger animals, as these animals are known to be monogamous
  • Being creatures that work together, when the females have her young, commonly twins, all of the members in her group will help take care of the young, most of all the father