The Golden lion tamarin, a successful conservation program

Sometimes, species do come back from the brink of extinction. This is how the once nearly extinct Golden lion tamarin experienced a significant increase in population size.

x10. This is the factor by which the population of this monkey has multiplied in 50 years

The reason? A large and successful conservation program. The golden lion tamarin only lives in one place on Earth: the forests of the state of Rio de Janeiro. For centuries, this forest has been destroyed by human activity: logging, intensive agriculture, urban expansion…As a result, the golden lion tamarins witnessed the disappearance and fragmentation of their habitat.

Additionally, these monkeys, barely larger than squirrels, were captured as pets. By 1971, their population had dropped below 200 individuals. To save the species, ecologists, elected officials and citizens joined forces. A reintroduction program was implemented by the WWF and the Smithsonian Institution, with the collaboration of 140 zoos across the world. Many individuals raised in captivity were released into the wild. At the same time, teams worked to restore their habitat. As a result, areas were protected and trees were planted to create wildlife corridors to help reconnect populations. Some families of tamarins stranded in territories that had become too narrow were also moved to reserves.

After 50 years, this conservation program is considered a model of its kind: the population of golden lion tamarins is now estimated at around 3,000 individuals. But although this project has been a success, the region's forests are still under threat and today it is important to protect these ecosystems.


31/03/2020 10:20


  • Özlem B.
    17/04/2020 19:20


  • Mohammed R.
    17/04/2020 10:53

    Wanneer streets henna in zn baard en kapsel doet

  • Yan R.
    17/04/2020 09:27

    dah pesan bnyak kali jngn merayap musim pkp nie..

  • Lemuel E.
    15/04/2020 06:59

    Jolicour 🥰

  • Renee S.
    02/04/2020 23:33

    So cute.

  • Heather B.
    02/04/2020 13:28


  • Debra H.
    02/04/2020 01:56

    Wonderful news 👏💚 Look at that face 😊

  • Deborah F.
    01/04/2020 10:09

    😀❤️ aww it's a pretty colored monkey

  • Patricia W.
    01/04/2020 04:32


  • Carol H.
    01/04/2020 02:22


  • Claude T.
    31/03/2020 14:45

    Il est magnifique ! Merci!

  • Mitch R.
    31/03/2020 14:21

    Read about this on National Geographic Magazine decades ago. Glad they’re back. Please help these animals too.

  • Samer B.
    31/03/2020 11:39

    you 🌝

  • Itzhak V.
    31/03/2020 11:23

    no te extingas :(