In the Zoo Atlanta exhibit, the golden lion tamarins seem to have some space to play around in. The exhibit has plenty of branches for the tamarins to jump around on and climb. The walls on the zoo are painted to look like the tops of trees, but I feel like that is more for the enjoyment of the people visiting the zoos than it is for the tamarins since the tamarins do not gain any benefit from the paintings. Though the golden lion tamarins are small, I feel like Zoo Atlanta could enlarge the space more and give the tamarins more foliage and leaves to play on. It is very hard to get a good perspective on the size of the exhibit due to the paintings on the wall and the angle of the camera. I think it is important to note that Zoo Atlanta has been working with conservation groups to reintroduce golden lion tamarins into the wild. They have also helped fund a forest pathway to connect fragmented habitat. Golden lion tamarins typically live in groups of 2 to 8 individuals, usually made of one breeding pair and their offspring. From what I could tell of the Zoo Atlanta exhibit, the groups seems to be made up of 7 or 8 individuals, which fits the usually group size.
From the angle of the camera, the only form of enrichment I am able to see are the branches the tamarins play on and a few swings for entertainment. The territory of a tamarin family is usually around 100 acres, far larger than the habitat they are currently living in. The tamarins maintain their territory through scent marking, vocalizations, and patrols. Observing the tamarins from the camera, the tamarins can be heard screeching to one another, but I doubt the purpose behind the screeching is to maintain their limited territory. During midday, tamarins can usually be seen resting, something that I have not observed in my time watching them. Instead, the tamarins seem to be bundles of energy, climbing everywhere and entertaining themselves. At one point, it almost seemed as if the tamarins were playing hide and seek; one tamarin could be seen on a branch with its head down, and as soon as it popped up, all the tamarins went running. I have also observed a few of the tamarins grooming one another, which is typical behavior of tamarins. I have also observed several of the tamarins scratching themselves vigorously, a behavior I did not expect. They also jump over one another, effortlessly overcoming any obstacle in their way.
Reading on the food offered to tamarins in zoos, it was stated the foundation of their food was commercially canned marmoset food, which provides the minimum nutritional requirements for a tamarin. Zoo Atlanta also provides their tamarins with fruits, vegetables, and several types of worms to meet their protein requirement. I think that this exhibit does a good job promoting conservation for tamarin habitats. They donate money to help restore destroyed habitats and offers internships for helping this conservation. The Zoo Atlanta works with several institutions, such as the Smithsonian and the Brazilian government to help improve conservation efforts and work on reintroducing golden lion tamarins into the wild. While there is still much work to be done concerning conservation efforts, it is clear that Zoo Atlanta is willing to help work towards reaching that goal.