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. 


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. 


August 2 is the First Annual International GLT Day

Exactly one year ago today on August 2, 2016, Andreia Martins, the Coordinator of the Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (Golden Lion Tamarin Association) team who have monitored GLTs in their native habitat, in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro for more than 30 years, carried the Torch through the region on its way to open the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.  Andreia’s home town of Silva Jardim, Rio de Janeiro, celebrated the honor with a parade and event that involved the entire municipality.  Relive the 2016 event with the video in English here: https://youtu.be/xXrzO7vKC4s?list=PLmJmutsTkHYXyFPsZ6xzcZvehmDVS4GmY.

To continue the celebration, this year the Municipal Council of Silva Jardim officially designated August 2 as “Dia do Mico-Leão-Dourado” (Golden Lion Tamarin Day) - an annual day of fun and learning dedicated to the conservation of this endangered primate native to their local forest.   

The Brazilian Society of Zoos and Aquariums (SZB) in partnership with the Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado, is conducting throughout 2017 a national educational campaign – 2017 Year of the Golden Lion Tamarin(Ano do Mico-Leão-Dourado) to involve more than twenty million Brazilian zoo visitors in learning about the diversity of Brazilian primates, which ones are native to their local forest, the threats caused by maintaining primates as pets and releasing them outside their home forest to become invasive species.  The campaign focuses on the golden lion tamarin as a Brazilian symbol for forest conservation and highlights the important role the 150 zoos around the world who participate in the captive-breeding program to help assure a permanent future for this species in its forest home.

SZB, the Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado, the Municipality of Silva Jardim – Rio de Janeiro, and Save the Golden Lion Tamarin invite zoos and other friends around the world to join us in celebrating August 2 – the first annual International Golden Lion Tamarin Day

Reintroduction helped bring the wild population to the current 3200, enough to save the species, but these GLTs are still isolated in fragmented habitat.  

To save GLTs from extinction we need:

 At least 2000 GLTs in 25,000 hectares of connected and protected forest.

Thanks to your help we now have:

408 GLTs in 5,548 hectares of connected and protected forest.

Today there are enough GLTs (3200) in the wild and enough forest, as well as a well-managed captive GLT population (500) that can supply GLTs for reintroduction should the need arise. 

With your continued support we can and will connect and protect enough forest and GLTs to keep the species safe from extinction in perpetuity.

Please join us on August 2 - Golden Lion Tamarin Day as we say Thank you to…

  • the 150 zoos around the world
  • all friends who support our actions

Press release can be found here.


Home of Golden Lion Tamarins Greatly Expanded

Golden Lion Tamarins (GLTs) received a wonderful gift on World Environment Day, June 5, 2017, when the Brazilian government decreed the expansion of the União Biological Reserve, Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil, from its current 2.5 thousand hectares to over 7.5 thousand hectares.  This is now three times the original size of the Reserve that was created in 1998 as a result of pressure by SGLT’s Brazilian partner organization AMLD, together with other partner institutions.  In 2007, AMLD in partnership with SavingSpecies purchased 40 hectares of cattle pasture that separated the União Reserve from forests to the west.  AMLD reforested that cattle pasture thus linking União to adjacent forests.  The rich biodiversity in this area of the Atlantic Forest includes lots of GLTs and other mammals, as well as other species that rely on this habitat including amphibians, birds, orchids, butterflies, and more.    

Since the creation of the União Reserve, AMLD and partners have lobbied to increase the size of the Reserve.  In February of 2017, AMLD's Executive Secretary travelled to Brasilia to meet with government officials concerning important issues that included increasing the size of União.  On June 5, 2017, the President of Brazil signed a bill increasing the União Reserve from 2,584 hectares to 7,756 hectares, including the 40 hectares purchased reforested by AMLD—a huge contribution to GLT conservation because it permanently protects at additional 5,000 hectares of GLT habitat. 

What a wonderful way to celebrate and ensure that 2017 is TRULY the Year of the Golden Lion Tamarin!

Original and New ("ampliada") Area of Uniao reserve


Priority Area for Conservation of GLTs


GLTs featured as a CBSG success story 

The Golden Lion Tamarin Conservation Program is one of ten success stories from around the world featured in the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group’s (CBSG) new book Second Nature available for free download or viewing in book form online at www.cbsg.org/latest-news/second-nature.

Each story describes what's possible when dedicated people who have a common purpose collaborate to save threatened species.  Behind all these stories is CBSG, a small but effective catalyst for changing the futures of endangered species.  Thank you, CBSG, for more than 35 years and counting of partnership in conservation planning with all of us working to assure a future for Golden Lion Tamarins in their native Atlantic Forest in Rio de Janeiro. 

Download Second Nature as a PDF (14 MB)-> http://www.cbsg.org/sites/cbsg.org/files/Second_Nature.pdf
 Second Nature in book form -> http://en.calameo.com/read/002747292d1af604b527f 

Reports of the past lion tamarin Population and Habitat Viability Assessments (1990, 1997, and 2005) are also available for download on the CBSG site -> http://www.cbsg.org/document-repository?field_document_type_tid=All&field_region_tid=All&field_species_tid=18&keys=lion+tamarin