Save the Golden Lion Tamarin is a United States 501 (c) (3) public charity, created in 2005 by a small group of passionate U.S.-based conservation professionals who have dedicated their careers to golden lion tamarin conservation.  Save the Golden Lion Tamarin provides technical and financial support to help Associação Mico-Leão Dourado- AMLD (Golden Lion Tamarin Association), save golden lion tamarins in perpetuity.  AMLD has funds from Brazilian sources for other aspects of their work, they lack sufficient support for salaries of their team.    Save the Golden Lion Tamarin focuses its efforts to help AMLD achieve the long-term financial stability to retain their competent team to continue their critical work.  


Save the Golden Lion Tamarin is registered in the state of Maryland as a charitable organization.  We are a lean all-volunteer organization that functions virtually, with a mailing address at the Silver Spring, Maryland home of its treasurer.  The work is accomplished in the Washington D.C. area at the homes and offices of the ten board members and other volunteers, at sites including the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.  


Our Mission

1. To protect the Golden Lion Tamarin, a tiny endangered primate, and to protect and restore the globally outstanding biodiversity of its natural habitat, the Brazilian Atlantic Coastal Rainforest.

2. To cooperate with other organizations with similar purposes.

3. To enlighten and educate society about preservation of the environment, especially the Atlantic Forest and the Golden Lion Tamarin.

4. To support and promote the efforts of Associação Mico-Leão Dourado (AMLD), a Brazilian non-profit registered under the laws of the City and State of Rio de Janeiro, whose mission is the conservation of the biodiversity of the Brazilian Atlantic Coastal Forest focusing on the long-term protection of the Golden Lion Tamarin in its natural habitat.


International Recognition

Our work is recognized internationally for its effectiveness in achieving conservation goals, and our competence has also been recognized by several prestigious national and international awards.

  • Endorsed by
  • Secretary of Biodiversity of Brazil’s Ministry of the Environment officially declares August 2 as National Golden Lion Tamarin Day in Brazil (2018)
  • Disney Reverse the Decline Award (2014)
  • Disney Conservation Hero Award (2011)
  • St. Andrews Prize for the Environment (2010)
  • Nature 19 November 2009: pp. 266-269
  • National Geographic Society / Buffet Award for Leadership in Latin America (2008)
  • Ford Motor Company Conservation Award – Category Science and Professional Training (2007)
  • Bruno H.Schubert-Stiftung Award - Category Young Scientist  (2007)
  • Prêmio Super Ecologia—Category Most Effective Wildlife NGO (2002);
  • Prêmio Muriqui—Man and Biosphere Program (1998)
  • Several service awards from two local municipal governments