Devra Kleiman Fund  

Devra Kleiman was a champion for golden lion tamarins for over 40 years.  She helped to found and served as a board member of Save the Golden Lion Tamarin since its inception in 2005 until her death in 2010. As a result of the years of work that Devra mobilized, beginning with the captive breeding work at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park in the 1970’s, the reintroduction work in Brazil beginning in 1984, through the development of a trained group of Brazilians who today are managing the wild population of golden lion tamarins and working with the local communities in Brazil to restore and protect habitat, we know what it will take to actually save golden lion tamarins in perpetuity.  We need at least 2000 golden lion tamarins living free in a landscape of 25,000ha of protected and connected forest habitat.  We are more than halfway to our goal. AMLD is now managing 3200 golden lion tamarins in the 7 largest forest fragments.  18,750 hectares of forest are connected by corridors planted by AMLD, and 10,604 hectares of forest are permanently protected by 2 federal biological reserves and 22 private reserves.   

Actually saving golden lion tamarins in perpetuity is now a matter of supporting the trained AMLD staff to continue their work toward the goal that Devra championed for 40 years. Since the founding of Save the Golden Lion Tamarin and again at our board meeting on 22 March 2010, Devra, who was the charity’s Vice-President, insisted that our top priority should be establishing an endowment fund to support the AMLD staff to reach the goal of saving golden lion tamarins in perpetuity.  She was actively working with us to raise funds for this goal up until a few days before her death on April 29, 2010. To honor Devra, Save the Golden Lion Tamarin has created the Devra Kleiman Fund to Save the Golden Lion Tamarin - the fund Devra proposed. Contributions to the fund provide the capital that, once we reach the target of US$10million, will generate continued support for the Associação Mico-Leão Dourado’s conservation work for GLTs in Brazil, thus assuring the work Devra began will continue to Save Golden Lion Tamarins in perpetuity. 

A gift to  the Devra Kleiman Fund will live on in perpetuity, assuring the future of golden lion tamarins in their forest habitat.  Contributions can be made online or by check (in US dollars) made out to Save the Golden Lion Tamarin and mailed to: Save the Golden Lion Tamarin, 303 Cavalier Court, Silver Spring MD 20901-1620, USA.  Please indicate that the contribution is for the Devra Kleiman Fund to Save the GLT. Also indicate the name to include in the fund’s donor registry and the email and/or mailing address to which an acknowledgement and receipt should be sent.  

Save the Golden Lion Tamarin (EIN 20-2874701)is a US 501 (c) (3) public charity, qualified to receive tax deductible contributions, bequests, devises, transfers or gifts under section 2055, 2106 or 2522 of the United States internal Revenue Code.  For more information, please contact us at 


To read the eulogy written by Devra's daughter, click here.