Monday
Dec012014

Help Save GLTs this Holiday Season!

As we near the end of the year, we can reflect on many of the successes that we've celebrated this year for GLTs and the Atlantic Coastal Forest. However, GLTs still need our help to protect and connect their forest habitat. Consider giving the gift of tamarins to a loved one this holiday season, or support SGLT and AMLD as part of a year-end US tax deduction. Take a closer look at some of our donation options for 2014.

For $50, Sponsor GLT Devra!

Make a donation to Save the Golden Lion Tamarin in support of conservation efforts to save golden lion tamarins (GLTs) in perpetuity and choose a thank you gift for yourself or others. For more information on our 2014 gift, Sponsor GLT Devra, click here.

Make a donation of any amount to SGLT!

You can directly support golden lion tamarin conservation in Brazil. Help us reach our goal of 2000 GLTs living in 25,000 ha (about 62,000 acres) of connected and protected forest by 2025.  Make your tax deductible (in the U.S.) contribution to Save the Golden Lion Tamarin today! Click here for all of our donation options.

For $500, Name a GLT!

For a donation of $500, we are offering the opportunity to choose a name for one of these newly born infants or for a newly found adult GLT.  Past donors have given names such as Devra, Darci, Eduardo, and Jeremy, and until all of the new GLTs have been named, this is your chance to choose one for yourself or as a gift to someone special. For more information on how to name a GLT, click here.

Buy Thirteen Gold Monkeys!

Thirteen Gold Monkeys, by Benjamin Beck, scientist emeritus in the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and SGLT board member, is a novel based on the first years of the reintroduction of zoo-born golden lion tamarins to Brazil. It’s a story of hope, love, and unspeakable death in a disappearing Brazilian rainforest. A team of dogged conservationists tries to save this beautiful monkey species from certain extinction by reinforcing their numbers with tamarins born in zoos. Find out where to buy Thirteen Gold Monkeys here.

Make sure to use Smile.Amazon.com!

At no cost to you, Amazon will now donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases when you shop at AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com). AmazonSmile has the exact same products, prices and features as Amazon with the added benefit that you can support the conservation of GLTs every time you shop.  Since so many of you routinely shop on Amazon, this can help add up to substantial funding for GLTs. Find out more here.

 

 

Wednesday
Oct082014

PRESS RELEASE: New Census of Wild GLT Population

OCT. 1 2014 - MEDIA RELEASE BY SAVE THE GOLDEN LION TAMARIN

A recent census of Brazil’s endangered golden lion tamarins provides new hope for the species’ future

A 2014 census of endangered golden lion tamarins conducted throughout the species’ current geographic range in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, indicates that 3,200 individuals—double the previous estimate—live in four separate forest fragments. Experts in the biology of small populations agree that this number of these tiny primates, if living in a single block of forest, would be sufficient to save the species from extinction.

Centuries of deforestation and unplanned urban expansion in Brazil’s Atlantic Coastal Rainforest reduced the golden lion tamarin’s lowland forest habitat by 98%.  Remaining suitable forest was left in fragments, none large enough to support a viable tamarin population.  In the 1980s, when efforts to conserve these monkeys were initiated in Brazil, only a few hundred individuals were thought to exist in nature—all in a single watershed 60 miles northeast of the rapidly expanding city of Rio de Janeiro.

For over three decades, scientists working with Brazil’s Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (AMLD; Golden Lion Tamarin Association) have been reintroducing zoo-born golden lion tamarins and translocating tamarins rescued from threatened forests.  AMLD also implemented long-term conservation education, sustainable agriculture and reforestation programs with local communities.  Over time, illegal capture of tamarins and deforestation dropped to nearly zero in the region. The number of tamarins estimated living in nature climbed slowly to 1,000 in 2000, and to 1,600 in 2005.  In 2003, the IUCN conservation status for the species was changed from “critically endangered” to “endangered”.

To conduct the 2014 census, AMLD scientists played prerecorded tamarin vocalizations to elicit responses from groups in forests throughout the species’ current geographic range, the São João River Basin, Rio de Janeiro state.  Results indicate that 3,200 golden lion tamarins live in four separate forest fragments.  This number of tamarins would be sufficient to save the species from extinction if the forest fragments are reconnected. AMLD is planting forest corridors on private lands to form these connections.

Dr. James Dietz, vice president of Save the Golden Lion Tamarin, a U.S. public charity created to support AMLD’s conservation work in Brazil said “I’m cautiously optimistic that AMLD will be able to reconnect just enough forest to keep golden lion tamarins from extinction for now.  Given the intense development in the region, protecting that reconnected forest for the long term will require constant monitoring and adaptive management. If we want golden lion tamarins to have a future, our challenge is to make sure that AMLD is always there to look after them.”

Photo caption: Golden lion tamarin mother and her triplet offspring, a rare occurrence.  Golden lion tamarins usually produce twins. The mother and father wear radio transmitter collars that permit AMLD managers to monitor the family group.

Photo credit: Andréia F. Martins, AMLD

Friday
Aug012014

Seminar on Regulation of Agroforestry and Fallow Land Practices 

July 10, 2014.   More than 100 participants representing farmers, municipal governments, and state and federal environment agencies from throughout the state of Rio de Janeiro gathered at the II Seminar on Regulation of Agroforestry and Fallow Land Practices in Rio de Janeiro, organized by the Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (AMLD) and the AS-PTA (Family Agriculture and Agroecology) at the União Biological Reserve.

With the objective of discussing state regulations for agroforestry practices (INEA Resolution 86) and the Rural Environmental Land Registry (Cadastro Ambiental Rural - CAR) created in Brazil’s new Forest Code, the seminar brought together farm families and government environmental agencies to reduce conflicts and strengthen environmentally sustainable agriculture in the state.  Farm families raised many questions to better understand what compliance will be required on their properties.

The CAR is a fundamental tool for the process of compliance with environmental regulations on rural properties.  It consists of a database of geo-referenced information for each property, including boundaries of Areas of Permanent Protection (APPs), Legal Reserve (RL), remaining native vegetation, area zoned rural, areas of social interest and areas of public use, with the objective of producing a digital map from which the values of the areas are calculated for an environmental diagnostic. 

The INEA Resolution Number 086 defines criteria and procedures for the development, management, and exploitation of agroforestry systems and for the practice of fallow lands in Rio de Janeiro state.  Several items of the resolution still need adjustments for landowners to be able to carry out the required bureaucratic processes and continue work on their properties .

The seminar participants enjoyed breakfast and lunch prepared from foods produced on agroforestry plots on family farms in the region. The seminar was organized by the AMLD Environmental Extension Program, coordinated by Nelsinho Barbosa, and received financial support from the Usina Terma Electica Norte Fluminense. 

Friday
May092014

You Shop - Amazon Gives

At no cost to you, Amazon will now donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases when you shop at AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com). AmazonSmile has the exact same products, prices and features as Amazon with the added benefit that you can support the conservation of GLTs every time you shop.  Since so many of you routinely shop on Amazon, this can help add up to substantial funding for GLTs.

 Instead of using the URL http://amazon.com, simply begin your purchase by using the URL http://smile.amazon.com.  Then choose Save The Golden Lion Tamarin as the charity to receive Amazon’s donation.  After the first time you make that choice, it will automatically be linked to your account unless you wish to make a different choice at a later time.  To make it even easier, you can download the AmazonSmile1Button to your browser by control/clicking on the link below and choose the browser you prefer.

Click the image below to download an icon that will link directly to http://smile.amazon.com.

You can help us even more by spreading the word of this on your Facebook page, via Twitter, and e-mail messages to your friends and family!

Tuesday
Apr292014

The National Zoo's ZooFari Auction is Open!

The Smithsonian National Zoo's ZooFari 2014 Online Auction is now open for bidding and will run through Sunday, May 18! 

This is an opportunity to bid on hundreds of fantastic items to raise money for the Smithsonian National Zoo's animal care, science, education, and sustainability programs, one of which is conservation of golden lion tamarins in Brazil.   

Items benefitting GLT Conservation are listed below, and include animal-made art, art, books, a delicious restaurant experience, field conservation, memorabilia, a vacation getaway, exclusive zoo tours, and much more. 

Click here to view the auction and place your bids.

Thanks to our donors and thanks to all for your bids!

ITEMS BENEFITTING GLT CONSERVATION IN BRAZIL:

Items

Donors

ANIMAL-MADE ART

 

  • ANIMAL ARTWORK BY A LARGE MADAGASCAR TENREC

NZP Small Mammal House, Kenton Kerns

  • ANIMAL ARTWORK BY A NAKED MOLE RAT

NZP Small Mammal House, Kenton Kerns

  • ANIMAL ARTWORK BY A THREE BANDED ARMADILLO

NZP Small Mammal House, Kenton Kerns

  • ANIMAL ARTWORK BY KOJO THE GORILLA

NZP Small Mammal House, Kenton Kerns

  • ANIMAL ARTWORK BY MANDARA THE GORILLA

NZP Small Mammal House, Kenton Kerns

ANIMAL ART

 

  • BEAUTIFUL ORANG PORTRAIT!      

Mehgan Murphy

  • CANDID SHOT OF KABIBI

Mehgan Murphy

  • FRAMED AWARD-WINNING PHOTOGRAPH OF LION IN  SNOW

Mehgan Murphy

  • SPECTACULAR PANDA PHOTOGRAPH 

Mehgan Murphy

BOOKS

 

  • AUTOGRAPHED COPY OF THIRTEEN GOLD MONKEYS AND APPEARANCE BY AUTHOR DR. BEN BECK

Dr. Ben Beck

  • A CLIMATE FOR LIFE: MEETING THE GLOBAL CHALLENGE

Conservation International

  • BIRDS OF PARADISE

Conservation International

  • BRAZILIAN BIOMES

Conservation International

  • FRESHWATER - THE ESSENCE OF LIFE

Conservation International

  • HOTSPOTS REVISITED

Conservation International

  • OCEANS: HEART OF OUR BLUE PLANET

Conservation International

  • PANTANAL: SOUTH AMERICA'S WETLAND JEWEL

Conservation International

  • WEALTH OF NATURE

Conservation International

  • WILDERNESS: EARTH'S LAST WILD PLACES

Conservation International

  • WILDLIFE SPECTACLES

Conservation International

  • ·SIGNED COPY OF JANE GOODALL'S  BOOK - HOPE FOR ANIMALS AND THEIR WORLD

Dr. Jane Goodall

CLOTHING

 

  • HAND-KNIT WRAP

Elise Bernardoni

COLLECTIBLES

 

  • EXCLUSIVE GOLDEN LION TAMARIN ASSOCIATION SOCCER BALL

Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado

DINING 

 

  • DINE AT THE QUEEN VIC PUB WITH DR. BENJAMIN BECK, AUTHOR OF THIRTEEN GOLD MONKEYS

Dr. Ben Beck

FIELD CONSERVATION

 

  • ADOPT A GOLDEN LION TAMARIN IN BRAZIL

Save the Golden Lion Tamarin

  • RESTORE 1 ACRE OF FOREST FOR GOLDEN LION TAMARINS IN BRAZIL

Save the Golden Lion Tamarin

FOR YOUR PET

 

  • CUSTOM CHARCOAL PORTRAIT OF YOUR PET

Gibbons Rock Studio, Suzanne Boom

TOURS

 

  • ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS AT AUDUBON ZOO

Audubon Zoo, Debbie Forde

  • BEHIND THE SCENES TOUR OF THE NATIONAL ZOO'S COMMISSARY

NZP Commissary

  • BEHIND-THE-SCENE RAINFOREST ADVENTURE AT MONKEY JUNGLE IN MIAMI

DuMond Conservancy,

Dr. Sian Evans

  • BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR OF THE SMITHSONIAN NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY'S MAMMAL COLLECTION

Esther Langan

  • ·       BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR OF THE WORLD RENOWNED NATIONAL AQUARIUM IN BALTIMORE

National Aquarium in Baltimore,

Brent  Whitaker & Ken Howell

  • BEHIND-THE-SCENES TOUR OF ZOO MIAMI

Zoo Miami, Steve Conners

  • BLACK BEAR EXPERIENCE AT THE PALM BEACH ZOO AND CONSERVATION SOCIETY

Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society,Nancy Nill

  • CURATOR-LED TOUR OF THE BRONX ZOO'S CONGO EXHIBIT

Dr. David Powell

  • PRIMATE POWER - TOUR OF PHILADELPHIA ZOO'S RARE ANIMAL CONSERVATION CENTER AND PECO PRIMATE RESERVE

Philadelphia Zoo, Dr. Andrew Baker

  • TOUR OF SANT OCEAN HALL AT THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

National Museum of Natural History, Dr. Nancy Knowlton

  • ZOO ATLANTA PRIMATE TOUR

Zoo Atlanta, Jennifer Mickelberg

  • TOUR COLORADO ROCKY MOUNTAIN WILDFLOWERS  WITH AN EXPERT BIOLOGIST

Dr. David W. Inouye

TRAVEL

 

  • FOUR NIGHT STAY AT SEA COLONY, BETHANY BEACH, DELAWARE

Lynn Parsons

UNIQUE EXPERIENCES

 

  • ANIMAL PAINTING EXPERIENCE WITH A NAKED MOLE RAT!

NZP Small Mammal House, Kenton Kerns

  • ANIMAL PAINTING EXPERIENCE WITH AN ARMADILLO!

NZP Small Mammal House, Kenton Kerns

  • BREAKFAST FOR 6 WITH THE GOLDEN LION TAMARINS AT THE NZP SMALL MAMMAL HOUSE!

NZP Small Mammal House, Kenton Kerns

  • HIDDEN HARPERS FERRY GUIDED WALK

Larry Broadwell

  • INCREDIBLY RARE TREAT - PAINT WITH THE GREAT APES AT THE NATIONAL ZOO!

NZP Great Apes

  • LEARN HOW TO TAKE AMAZING SHOTS WITH THIS PHOTO SAFARI AT THE NATIONAL ZOO!

Don C. Johnson

Clyde Nishimura

  • LIVE VIDEO CONFERENCE WITH THE GLT CONSERVATION TEAM IN BRAZIL

Associação Mico-Leão Dourado

  • TWO HOURS WITH A NASA AEROSPACE ENGINEER

Adam Matuszeski