Another endangered tamarin gets too close to GLT territory

Credit: Rodrigo AraujoEndangered species can be threatened by a myriad of problems - including other endangered species! Brazilian scientists are trying to head off introduced golden-headed lion tamarins, a close relative to the golden lion tamarin, before they extend their reach into GLT territory. A number of golden-headed lion tamarins were successfully captured and returned to their native habitat further north in Brazil.

The full Portuguese article can be found here, and the first part of the article is translated into English below.



To date 66 individuals have been transported to southern Bahia

Brasilia (22 Mar 2013) – Primate specialists are transferring golden-headed lion tamarins from Niteroi, in the state of Rio de Janeiro, to the South of Bahia, their natural habitat.  The action is based on studies that recommend the removal because the species is invasive in Niteroi, habitat of another primate, the golden lion tamarin.

Never before done in Brazil, the operation is necessary to avoid the encounter of the two groups, which would be detrimental to both species.  The entire process obeys protocols recommended by international animal protection organizations.  All indications are that the golden-headed lion tamarins were introduced in Niteroi accidentally. 

To date, 104 individuals were captured.  Of these, 66 were transferred to Bahia, 17 are in quarantine and 4 groups (24 animals) who tested positive for diseases are in captivity.  The specialists calculate that half the animals have been removed from the Niteroi region.  They hope to capture the remainder by the end of the year.  In the beginning of March the first young were observed in the groups released in Bahia, a good sign that the golden-headed lion tamarins are adapting to their new area.  

The removal program is conducted by the Instituto Pri-Matas in partnership with the National Center for Research and Conservation of Brazilian Primates (CPB), a decentralized unit of the Instituto Chico Mendes de Conservação da Biodiversidade (ICMBio), the Secretariat of the Environment for the State of Rio, the Rio de Janeiro State Environment Institute – INEA, and the Niteroi municipal Secretariats of Environment, Water Resources and Sustainability, and Education.  The program has financial support from: Fundação Grupo Boticário de Proteção à Natureza, RBO Energia (through the Chamber of Environmental Compensation of the Environment Secretariat of Rio de Janeiro, the Tropical Forest Conservation Act – TFCA/Funbio, the Lion Tamarins of Brazil Fund, Margot Marsh Biodiversity Foundation/Conservation International, and the MBZ Species Conservation Fund.  


Adopt GLT Devra, our featured GLT for 2011 and 2012!

Follow the exciting life of GLT Devra, our featured Golden Lion Tamarin for 2011 and 2012.  Adopt GLT Devra this year and help support our ongoing efforts in Brazil to monitor and protect their only habitat, the Atlantic Coastal Forest of Rio de Janeiro.

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Happy 20th Anniversary to AMLD in Brazil!

November 9, 1992, saw the establishment of the Associação Mico Leão Dourado (AMLD), the Brazilian NGO working to conserve golden lion tamarins (GLTs) and their habitat in the Atlantic Forest.  Since the inception of AMLD, the number of GLTs living in the wild has gone from just several hundred to 1,700!  We continue to partner with the AMLD as we work toward our goal of having 2,000 GLTs in 25,000 hectares of protected and connected habitat. 

Please visit our facebook page to see more photos of the festivities celebrating these 20 years! 


Support GLTs and Visit our online Silent Auction!

The Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ) online auction is NOW OPEN FOR BIDDING through May 13! 


This is an opportunity to bid on hundreds of incredible items to raise money for the Smithsonian's National Zoo's animal care, science, education and sustainability programs.  One of these programs is Golden Lion Tamarins.  A portion of the proceeds from over 100 of these auction items will go directly to help the Brazilian Associação Mico-Leão Dourado (Golden Lion Tamarin Association) to save golden lion tamarins in their forest habitat in perpetuity.  So here’s your chance to bid on a wide variety of really unique items, have fun, AND help conservation.  On behalf of all the team working to save golden lion tamarins in their forest habitat, thanks for your support!

Click   here  to visit the entire online auction.  You can view the complete list of items benefiting GLTs by clicking  here.  Below are just a few of the fantastic items we have this year:

  • Choose the name of the next GLT born in the wild -- the name will become permanent for the life of that tamarin
  • Incredible artwork by the animals themselves (bet you didn’t know golden lion tamarins were artists, how about tenrecs or armadillos or naked mole rats?) and by human artisans around the world;
  • A copy of Jane Goodall’s new book, signed by the author herself;
  • Behind-the-scenes zoo tours at National Zoo, Bronx Zoo, Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago, Philadelphia Zoo, Baltimore Aquarium, Monkey Jungle in Miami, and Zoo Atlanta;
  • Soccer balls and uniforms for your own team;
  • Technical assistance to fix your computer problems;
  • Tour of NASA with an aeronautic engineer;
  • Sunset Tour of the Century-old Potomac Boat Club with the Club Vice-President;
  • Dog training, yoga sessions, personal fitness training;
  • A Bethany Beach Delaware condo getaway;
  • A monkey hand-knit sweater and hat;
  • Breakfast with the GLTs!

After placing the winning bid in last year’s auction to name the next GLT born in the wild, Greg Melanson chose the name Devra in honor of Devra Kleiman, and sent the following message to SGLT:

I was delighted to receive from you a photo of little GLT Devra and news about her family, their location, etc.  I am so glad to know she is part of a large and vibrant family!  I have her photo on my bulletin board and smile whenever I look at it.  There is nothing I would like better than to make another trip to Brazil and see GLT Devra in person – I have such fond memories of a trip some years ago. 


Adopt GLT Devra!  

Meet GLT Devra, our featured Golden Lion Tamarin for 2011!

Just in time for the holidays, you can adopt GLT Devra and help support our ongoing efforts in Brazil to monitor and protect golden lion tamarins and their habitat, the Atlantic Coastal Forest of Rio de Janeiro.  

Click here for more details!