On its way to the city of Rio to open the Olympic Games, the Olympic flame traveled through coastal Rio de Janeiro state, the region containing the last remaining fragments of Golden Lion Tamarin (GLT) habitat! On Tuesday, August 2 at 11:30AM Rio time, Andreia Martins, Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado biologist, carried the Olympic Torch in the town of Rio Bonito https://www.rio2016.com/en/torchbearers-schedule-rio-bonito-rj-2016-08-02. Together with the Olympic Flame, she carried more than 30 years of experience with golden lion tamarins representing all of us who share in the work of assuring a future for the species in the wild!
Andreia was selected as an Olympic Torch bearer because she is making a difference in her community. Coordinator of the Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado GLT Monitoring Team, Andreia has worked in these forests since she was 19 years old, bringing the species back from the brink of extinction by successfully reintroducing zoo-born GLTs to their native forest home. With the support of partners in Brazil and around the world, the Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado continues to watch over the GLTs and restore and protect enough forest for the species to continue to have a home in Rio de Janeiro into the future.
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Andreia Martins, Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado biologist, carries the Olympic Torch on August 2nd.
Photo Credit: Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado