WE NEED YOUR HELP!
GOLDEN LION TAMARINS are beautiful tiny monkeys that were on the verge of extinction in their native habitat – the lowland Atlantic coastal forest of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Today, the major threat to the species’ survival is unplanned urban expansion, which has reduced tamarin habitat to less than 2% of its original area. The remaining forest is in fragments, each too small to support a healthy tamarin population for the long term.
Our goal is to SAVE GOLDEN LION TAMARINS IN PERPETUITY. We need to reach and maintain:
2,000 tamarins living free in a landscape of at least 25,000 hectares (62,000 acres) of connected and protected Atlantic Forest
What we do to save golden lion tamarins
We support our Brazilian partner, Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (AMLD), the lead organization in international efforts to save the species from extinction. AMLD’s actions include:
- Fill suitable forests with golden lion tamarins
- Plant forest corridors reconnecting forest fragments and the tamarins that live there
- Inform local people about the importance of conserving tamarins and forest, and actions they can take
- Monitor and protect all wild golden lion tamarins and their forest
Where we are now
Thanks to over three decades of work by the Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado and its partners we now have:
- Enough GLTs and forest to save the species on the short term IF the forest fragments are reconnected and protected
- Nearly zero new deforestation in this region
- Competent teams in Brazil working to reach our goal and poised to detect and address new threats as they arise