BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo Mourns the Loss of Newborn Golden Lion Tamarin

March 15 2016

BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo is deeply saddened to announce the death of its newborn golden lion tamarin. Born at the Baton Rouge Zoo on March 9, zoo keepers found the baby in an extremely weakened condition on Monday morning, and then immediately placed it into veterinary care at the Zoo’s George Felton, Jr. Veterinary Hospital. Despite the efforts of the veterinary care team, the tamarin died later that day. The cause of death is currently unknown.

“Once it got to the hospital, we tried our best to revive its strength by providing it with heat and medication, but it just wasn’t enough to save it,” said Dr. Gordon Pirie, Zoo Veterinarian. “It’s a sad day, not just for us, but for the Zoo community as a whole. All of us work cooperatively to help build these endangered animal populations, so we all feel the losses when they occur.”

More than 40 percent of all golden lion tamarins die within the first 30 days of life. A necropsy will be performed by LSU veterinary staff later this month to help better determine the official cause of death.