Help Replant GLT Habitat!

Support AMLD’s reforestation team as they purchase, plant, and maintain seedlings in the GLT’s native range in Brazil.

AMLD staff plant forest corridors to connect fragmented GLT habitat.

This holiday season, YOU can help support reforestation efforts in Brazil as we purchase, plant, and maintain seedlings in the GLT’s native range.

The main threat to the long-term survival of golden lion tamarins (GLT) is that their remaining lowland Atlantic Forest habitat is fragmented in small forest “islands,” none large enough to guarantee survival of a viable population of lion tamarins. Our partner in Brazil, Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (AMLD), is planting forest corridors to reconnect these isolated forest fragments. In 2012, the Association and its local partners provided technical and financial support to create a seed bank of local native tree species and tree nurseries, now operated as for-profit businesses by members of the local community. The Association purchases native tree seedlings for its reforestation activities from these nurseries. Unless sufficient remaining forest fragments are reconnected and protected very soon, the GLTs living in them will succumb to inbreeding, disease, and other environmental threats—and the species will become extinct in the wild.

The cost to purchase seedlings, plant, and monitor one full acre for three years costs AMLD $8,233. For as little as $12.35, you can support one tree! In three years, the planted seedlings will be well on their way to becoming a forest the GLTs and other wildlife can use. Consider donating to our campaign as a gift or in someone’s name. 

  • Your $12.35 donation will support one tree
  • Your $37.05 donation will support three trees
  • Your $123.50 donation will support ten trees

You can help replant GLT habitat right now! Click here, or scroll down to see all of our donation and gift giving options. 

 

A local nursery that provides native seedlings for AMLD reforestation efforts.

With less than 10% of the Atlantic Coastal Forest remaining and much less suitable GLT habitat, the GLT is one of many species on the brink of extinction in Brazil. GLTs once occurred throughout the lowland Atlantic Forest of Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. Centuries of deforestation for timber and charcoal production, agriculture, cattle ranching, and now urban expansion, reduced the tamarin’s forest habitat to 2% of its original area—all fragmented into small and isolated forest islands surrounded by cattle pasture and housing developments. Experts in small-population management concluded that conservation of GLTs requires 2,000 tamarins living in 62,000 acres of connected and protected forest habitat. AMLD has determined that there are roughly 3,000 GLTs in the wild, but most are in unprotected and unconnected forest. AMLD’s reforestation team works to plant trees to connect these forest islands and involve community members in the care and monitoring of these trees. Once the seedlings are planted, it takes three years of care to make sure they are established and will survive on their own. AMLD education specialists work with the local community and conduct events to increase support for forest restoration and protection in the region.

 

Just $12.35 makes for a meaningful gift of one tree for three years!

With each tax-deductible donation, you or the recipient you designate will receive a certificate by e-mail. It’s the perfect gift to show your commitment to help ensure a future for these wonderful animals and their essential forest habitat!

To donate, click here or click the GLT donate button below. Input your donation amount and pay by either signing into PayPal or using a credit or debit card. Under the money amount, you can edit the text block "Name to be entered on your certificate" with your name or the name of a gift recipient, and please include their email if you'd like us to send it directly to them.

This holiday season, consider donating to SGLT’s campaign to replant GLT habitat!