Photographs from visit to The Golden Lion Tamarin Association picked up in SAEVUS
SAEVUS, India's top-selling wildlife / travel/ conservation mag, has published some photos from my time at the Golden Lion Tamarin Association outside the city of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
A highly endangered species, the GLT was on the brink of extinction in the early 90's, with an estimated less than 200 individuals remaining. The biggest threat to their survival is conversion of forest land to agricultural land, primarily for cattle grazing (ahem meat eaters -- it's a HUGE issue).
It was around this time that the Brazil-based Golden Lion Tamarin Association stepped in. With the cooperation of US-based Save the Golden Lion Tamarin, as well as participating zoos from all over the world, a massive project was undertaken -- the transfer of free-ranging individuals to captive settings, intense breeding programs, and the release of offspring. Today, this species numbers at nearly 1,700. But with a highly fractured habitat, they're into the woods, and yet not out of the woods, yet.
To learn how to see the article in its entirety, please visit the SAEVUS website.
To learn more about how you can help the GLT's directly, please visit the Association's website.
Orange is indeed beautiful! Human population growth and the quest for profits will come to threaten every living species including our own. These little guys are a warning we must learn to take seriously.
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