We are just thrilled to update our supporters on the spectacular results of our Golden Lion Tamarin project. We used our “CPR For Earth” strategy to connect, protect and restore forests for an endangered primate, the golden lion tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia) in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest.
Once on the verge of extinction, only surviving as an attraction in zoos, this tiny primate, weighing only about 1.5 lbs. now has a much better chance for long-term survival. By reconnecting the best remaining remnants of this once expansive forest in northern Brazil, there is now adequate habitat to support larger and more genetically diverse golden lion tamarin populations.
The IUCN nicely summarizes the hard-won progress for the golden lion tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia) and the challenges we are addressing to ensure a more secure future:
“Leontopithecus rosalia was assessed as Critically Endangered in 1996 and 2000. It has now been downgraded to Endangered as a result of nearly thirty years of conservation efforts, including the establishment of a new population through translocation to a new protected area, the União Biological Reserve.
The wild population is now estimated to be around 1,500. One-third of the population arises from a reintroduction program. The remainder is in forest fragments, the largest of which are Poço das Antas and União Biological Reserves. A stable, managed population is held in captivity at about 490 animals. There is little room for expansion for the wild population, however, because of the extreme fragmentation and reduction of the forest cover within its range. Current and future conservation efforts are attacking this problem with reforestation and the establishment of corridors.”
Dr. Stuart Pimm, SavingSpecies president, wrote about the latest news of the greatly expanded protected area, and SavingSpecies’ critical role in making it happen.