Support Conservation of Golden Lion Tamarins
by Visiting Them in Their Native Rainforest in Rio de Janeiro!


The Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (Golden Lion Tamarin Association - AMLD) is providing an opportunity for people who travel to Rio de Janeiro to see the Golden Lion Tamarins (GLTs) in the wild. Proceeds from the tour package help support AMLD’s activities to conserve golden lion tamarins in their natural habitat.  The tour also promotes forest-friendly income generation for the local community, thus contributing to long-term protection of GLT habitat.


The forest where you can see GLTs is on a private farm in the municipality of Silva Jardim, a drive of about two hours from the Rio international airport. The journey will take you across the Guanabara Bay at the foot of the coastal mountains.  Along the way you will see how much of the lowland Atlantic Forest has been cleared and the ongoing expansion of the busy highway from two lanes to four lanes.



The Tour: 

Usually lasting about 4 hours, the visit begins at a meeting point in Silva Jardim where AMLD conservation team members will accompany you and help you learn about our conservation program to save this endangered species in its native habitat. During an easy hike through the rainforest, AMLD staff will demonstrate how GLTs are tracked with radio telemetry equipment, ensuring your tour will see a number of tamarins habituated to human observers.  Take your camera and binoculars!  You will have plenty of time to watch and photograph a family group as they jump from branch to branch in the canopy overhead.  You may be lucky enough to see the mother and father carry babies – best months to see babies are November to December.  This area is also good for birdwatching.


After viewing the tamarins, you will proceed to AMLD’s Education Center in the Poço das Antas Biological Reserve where you can see the exhibits and, if you wish, purchase GLT souvenirs such as t-shirts, caps, and more (all of which support AMLD’s GLT conservation program).  You will have an opportunity to meet additional AMLD staff members who will tell you about their conservation program to restore the forest and the tamarin population assuring this species has   a future in the wild.

Afterward, you will have the option to conclude your visit with a leisurely lunch of typical Brazilian cuisine served at a private reserve on a local farm - Fazenda dos Cordeiros.


Tours must be scheduled at least 15 days in advance.  A maximum of 20 people per day are allowed to visit.

AMLD staff who speak both Portuguese and English are available for the tour.




For reservations and information contact:   


telephone (8AM-4PM M-F local time): 55-22-2778-2025 or 55-22-22-2778-1580




 Please Note:

The World Health Organization recommends yellow fever vaccination at least 10 days prior to visiting tropical countries.  To protect the GLTs and people, AMLD requires visitors to present proof of yellow fever vaccination

In addition to a passport valid for at least six months beyond your date of entry, Brazil requires a tourist visa for citizens from many countries.  Be sure to check with your nearest Brazilian Consulate for these requirements and allow plenty of time to secure a visa should you need one.