Friday
Apr202018

Land Purchase Gives GLTs a Chance to Survive

April 10, 2018 –The Brazilian organization Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (AMLD) in partnership with the US organization SavingSpecies announced the purchase of a 586-acre property, known as the Igarapé Farm, in the center of the geographic distribution of golden lion tamarins (GLTs).  The purchase was made possible by a generous donation from DOB Ecology, a Dutch non-profit organization.

This purchase is strategic for the future of GLT conservation.   The property is located on the opposite side of BR101 Interstate Highway from Poço das Antas Biological Reserve, home to over 400 GLTs.  Recently widened to 4-lanes, the highway forms a barrier that GLTs and other terrestrial fauna can’t safely cross, permanently isolating the fauna in the Poço das Antas Reserve from the rest of the remaining forest.   The Brazilian Federal Government agency ICMBio (responsible for protected areas and endangered species) required the construction of a forested overpass as a condition for approval of the widening.  Construction of the overpass is expected to begin by the end of April.   AMLD has already planted a corridor connecting the Poço das Antas Reserve to the planned overpass on the south side of the highway.  When the forested overpass is constructed, and the entire 610 acres of cattle pasture on the newly acquired land are reforested, the GLTs marooned in the Reserve will be able to merge with descendants of zoo-born GLTs reintroduced in the 1990’s.  The resulting large and genetically healthy population will have a much greater chance of escaping extinction.

APF Plans for the construction of the forested overpass

AMLD plans to convert this property into a Permanent Private Conservation Reserve, thereby protecting its forest and GLTs in perpetuity.  The property will also serve as AMLD’s headquarters, where in addition to conducting conservation research and ecotours to GLTs in the forest, AMLD will host seminars, workshops, and events to engage the local community in restoration and protection of the forest throughout the GLT species range.

AMLD continues efforts to restore and connect an Atlantic Forest landscape that will save the Golden Lion Tamarin and hundreds of other species that exist only in this biodiversity hotspot from extinction, as well as improve well-being of the people of the region.  Join us in this effort.  Click here for how you can help.

From our partner, Saving Species: “The rainforest of coastal Brazil is one of the two concentrations of threatened species in the Americas,” states Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Chair of Conservation at Duke University and President of Saving Species.  “That’s because these regions have exceptional numbers of species with small geographical ranges and, tragically, exceptionally high rates of forest destruction.  Species with small geographical ranges like golden lion tamarins are the ones most at risk of extinction. (It’s easier to wipe out a species limited to a small area than one that ranges over a continent.)  Look at the satellite imagery and it’s easy to see the problem.  What little forest remains is in isolated patches.  And such places often have too few individuals of a species for them to be viable.  One such place is the Poço das Antas Biological Reserve.”

Sunday
Apr082018

Track-A-Tamarin Continues to Grow in 2017

Started in 2015, our Track-A-Tamarin (TAT) campaign is aimed at raising dedicated funds for the Brazilian scientists in the field tracking tamarins, studying their movements, social structure, and use of habitat. This data is invaluable and helps form the basis of other important projects, like projecting current population numbers and creating bridges across highways to connect habitat. Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (AMLD) requires a steady source of funds to supply the radio telemetry equipment to track the tamarins, and the generosity of our amazing supporters continues to make this critical work possible!

In 2017, we raised $4,043.30 thanks to our donors, especially:

  • The Greensboro AAZK Chapter, which hosted two events and raised $2,000!
  • The Georgia AAZK Chapter hosted their annual Brazilian Bingo and raised $900!
  • The Brandywine AAZK Chapter hosted another Tango for Tamarins and raised $500!
  • Woodbury Heights Elementary School in New Jersey fundraised $270 for GLT conservation while learning about them during a school project. 
  • And thanks to Holohil, the company who supplies our telemetry equipment, who generously donates $1000 per year!

In total, Track-A-Tamarin has raised $17,442.34 as of January, 2018! We invite you to help fundraise for TAT; take a look at some of the events held around the US to raise money for GLTs. You can also make a donation online and specify that it goes to the TAT fund. 

Tuesday
Jan302018

União - Expanding Protection for GLTs! 

In 2007, Brazil’s Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (AMLD; “Golden Lion Tamarin Association”), with financial support from international NGO partners Saving Species and Save the Golden Lion Tamarin in the USA and the National Committee of the IUCN in the Netherlands, purchased 140 hectares (346 acres) of cattle pasture isolating União Biological Reserve, and its 164 GLTs, from forests to the west. União Reserve is one of only 13 small forest fragments containing GLTs—all located in a single watershed just 70km (43 miles) from the city of Rio de Janeiro. None of those forest fragments is large enough to sustain a viable GLT population. Thus, the need to reconnect them with planted forest corridors.

AMLD reforested the cattle pasture using native tree seedlings. As you can see in these satellite photos borrowed from Google Earth, nine years later the planted corridor is as tall as native forest. We documented use of the corridor by GLTs, mountain lions, and smaller carnivores—a good thing for ecological balance in the Reserve.

There is more good news. União Biological Reserve was created in 1998 as a result of pressure by AMLD and partner institutions. Since the Reserve’s creation, AMLD has lobbied to increase its size. In February 2017, AMLD’s Executive Secretary met in Brasilia with the President of ICMBio (Brazil’s environmental agency) and other officials concerning the opportunity to increase the size of União. On 5 June 2017, the President of Brazil signed a bill increasing União Reserve from 2,584 hectares to 7,756 hectares, including the 140 hectares purchased and reforested by AMLD—a huge step forward for GLT conservation. União Reserve now contains 408 GLTs and is the largest fragment of protected forest in the species’ range.

If Golden Lion Tamarins are to have a future in their Atlantic Forest home, it will be because partner organizations recognize that real conservation results require science-based plans and persistent long-term coordinated efforts of many partners. AMLD is implementing a science-based strategic plan designed to achieve a minimum viable population of golden lion tamarins by 2025, and to keep them safe from extinction thereafter. We have the knowhow and a talented and committed Brazilian team on the ground. We welcome your support.

 

Save the Golden Lion Tamarin, Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado, and Saving Species wish to thank the following whose support made the purchase of the corridor possible:

  • the Arnow Family,
  • Cassidy Horn, Cindy Horn, and the Environmental Media Association,
  • the Firedoll Foundation,
  • Robert O. and Reba B. Founier,
  • the IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands’ Land Purchase Programme, sponsored by the Netherlands Postcode Lottery.

Tuesday
Oct102017

SGLT’s Track-A-Tamarin is nearing $20,000 at the end of its third year!

Started in 2015, our Track-A-Tamarin (TAT) campaign is aimed at raising dedicated funds for the Brazilian scientists in the field tracking tamarins, studying their movements, social structure, and use of habitat. This data is invaluable and helps form the basis of other important projects, like projecting current population numbers and creating bridges across highways to connect habitat. Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (AMLD) requires a steady source of funds to supply the radio telemetry equipment to track the tamarins, and the generosity of our amazing supporters continues to make this critical work possible!

After raising nearly $5000 in its first year, Track-A-Tamarin raised nearly $8,817.79 in 2016! Thanks to all of our 2016 supporters, especially:

  • Leslie Wilkes, who chose to name a GLT in the wild Chiquinho!
  • The National Capital AAZK Chapter at Smithsonian's National Zoo, who donated $500 as part of their annual conservation donation.
  • The Brandywine Zoo AAZK Chapter, who donated $1,500 as part of their Tango For Tamarins event, and chose to name a GLT in the wild Tango!
  • The Greensboro Science Center and North Carolina AAZK Chapter, who raised $1,500 from a fundraiser focused on GLTs!
  • And thanks to Holohil, the company who supplies our telemetry equipment, who generously donates $1000 per year!

 

So far in 2017, we’ve raised $3702.83! Thank you to our 2017 donors so far, especially:

  • The Georgia AAZK Chapter hosted their annual Brazilian Bingo and raised $900!
  • Woodbury Heights Elementary School in New Jersey fundraised $270 for GLT conservation while learning about them during a school project. 
  • And thanks to Holohil, the company who supplies our telemetry equipment, who generously donates $1000 per year!

 

In total, Track-A-Tamarin has raised $17,101.87 as of October, 2017! We invite you to help fundraise for TAT; take a look at some of the events held around the US to raise money for GLTs. You can also make a donation online and specify that it goes to the TAT fund. 

Friday
Aug182017

Help your students learn about science by studying GLTs! 

Sandra Markle’s The Great Monkey Rescue, our story of Saving Golden Lion Tamarins in Brazil, is one of the award-winning science books Subaru retailers are donating this month to local schools across the country as part of the Subaru Loves Learning initiative in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science – AAAS. 

Teachers and Zoo Educators, the AAAS lesson plan for grades 6-8 based on the book is available at http://sciencenetlinks.com/lessons/great-monkey-rescue/. The purpose of the lesson is “to teach students about the scientific process by taking them through the study of the golden lion tamarins in their natural and artificial environments." The lesson includes a video about GLTs produced by the Palm Beach Zoo.