An ambitious new project announced to restore a scarred forest saves the golden lion tamarin — a tiny monkey — and big cats like pumas. The Mata Atlântica was an extraordinary ecosystem and is now in tatters. SavingSpecies is fighting to save it.
A young golden lion tamarin in Brazil’s Atlantic Coastal Forest. Photo by Luís Paulo Ferraz/AMLD.
Restoring Habitat for Tiny Monkeys
SavingSpecies, together with its partners, Brazil-based Associação Mico Leão Dourado (AMLD) — Golden Lion Tamarin Association — and Netherlands-based DOB Ecology, is thrilled to announce an ambitious, multi-year program of ecological restoration for one of the world’s most stunning and threatened biodiversity hotspots: Brazil’s Mata Atlântica, or Atlantic Coastal Forest
Home to the endangered golden lion tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia), the once thriving Atlantic Coastal Forest of Brazil swathed much of the length of Brazil’s coast (and much of its interior, too) with forests that teemed with life. From tiny monkeys like the tamarins to big cats like pumas, the Mata Atlântica was an extraordinary ecosystem.
But centuries of unsustainable logging, ranching, and development have reduced the Atlantic Coastal Forest to a shadow of its former self. A once-whole forest sprawling hundreds of kilometers, it is now severely fragmented. As a result, deforestation imprisons wildlife in isolated pockets of woods that are often perilous to cross. This kind of fragmentation reduces genetic diversity and hastens extinction.
Hope for the Future of the Mata Atlântica
SavingSpecies has been working in this region for years. We’ve helped our partners undertake successful land purchases and restoration activities for golden lion tamarins and black lion tamarins. We’re now proud to collaborate with AMLD and DOB Ecology, on our most ambitious project yet! Our multiyear program to acquire a critical ~200 hectare former farm that is splitting up two vast fragments of forests that each have significant populations of golden lion tamarins.
Our partnership is taking the vision of scientifically-focused groups from South America, North America and Europe. Together, we are implementing a bold plan to improve connectivity in a special part of the Atlantic Coastal Forest.
We cannot thank DOB Ecology enough for its leadership and foresight, and AMLD for decades of work to save the golden lion tamarin from the brink of extinction. Together, our project to Connect, Protect, and Restore the Mata Atlântica is providing hope for the biodiversity and people of Brazil, and indeed, the world.
Explore the science behind healing a scar in Brazil’s Coastal Rainforest and be sure to check out this story by National Geographic about Brazils’ new forest corridor.
How Can You Help?
To achieve our goals, we need your help to Connect, Protect, and Restore these forests—it’s CPR for Earth. Please click here to learn more about our program.
Donating to this project puts trees in the ground for biodiversity, and sequesters carbon from the atmosphere. In short, supporting this project helps fight the two most pressing environmental problems the world faces—mass species extinction and global warming—at the same time!
Please support this dream forest restoration and connectivity effort, and help us share hope for the future of Brazil’s magnificent natural treasures!