Following centuries of intensive human activity that reduced golden lion tamarin habitat by 98%–and golden lion tamarin populations to frighteningly small numbers–our friends at the Brazil-based Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (the Golden Lion Tamarin Association) went to work to save the species. After identifying key wildlife corridors in the Atlantic Coastal Forest of Brazil, the team began restoring and reconnecting forests to give the tamarin a chance to survive.
Since 2007, SavingSpecies has helped raise awareness and resources to help local Brazilian conservationists restore those delicate forests. In fact, you can see the difference on GoogleEarth! This work has resulted in growing the golden lion tamarin’s estimated wild population from the low hundreds a couple of decades ago to over 3,000 today!
Dr. Stuart Pimm, SavingSpecies’ founder and president said: “For a species that just twenty years ago was close-to-extinct in the wild, this is extraordinary news for the golden lion tamarin. It took a lot of hard work and the best conservation science and techniques to reach this success. We will continue to restore and connect forests for this amazing little monkey and all the other creatures that call the Atlantic Coastal Forest of Brazil home.”
We knew that our efforts to reconnect isolated forests were working—indeed, we saw evidence of progress almost two years ago when golden lion tamarins were tracked crossing over forests we helped restore. But seeing these new census numbers is just a striking reminder that human beings, armed with science and community involvement, can reverse deforestation and the decline of endangered species.
You can read more about the census and the progress conservationists have made for the golden lion tamarin by clicking here. With all the bad news that is percolating everyday on the news, we hope that this news will give you hope for the future of nature as well!