The Chattanooga Zoo has a new arrival. A golden lion tamarin was born on July 1 to first time parents, Fuego and Caliente.

The zoo says Mom, Dad and baby are all doing great and this birth is an important step toward the efforts to help conserve the wild population. The parents moved to the Chattanooga Zoo as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums Species Survival Plan in fall 2017.

Golden lion tamarins are small, South American primates found in the jungles of Brazil. They are labeled as endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, mostly due to threats of habitat loss.

Chattanooga Zoo's president and CEO says, "After all the hard work of our incredible staff, this joyous birth is so rewarding. It is vital to the animals that we continue these conservation programs and help re-establish their populations in the wild."

The baby tamarin was born on exhibit in the La Selva Amazonica building and will stay with the parents on exhibit. The zoo welcomes all guests to visit.