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.


03/31/2020 10:20 AM


  • Rita C.
    05/28/2020 07:09

    What is the worst virus on the planet? People! We will trash and/or destroy everything we come in contact with.

  • Celine C.
    05/28/2020 06:24

    Bonjour, Je viens de créer une pétition pour demander aux grandes associations de protection des animaux, de l'environnement de se fédérer pour faire face aux lobbys de la cruauté animale. Merci de signer et surtout de partager un max. Merci pour eux

  • Léone L.
    05/26/2020 09:48

    Ils sont magnifiques plus beaux que les humains

  • Zakaria B.
    05/25/2020 22:47

    Whoever named that ape, was a lazy b**tard of a scientist🙈! How can you name an animal after another animal? How can we accept that? It's like naming lions as "hairy cats" 🤦‍♂️

  • Maureen B.
    05/25/2020 22:19

    Brookfield zoo was very active in this project. Bred golden lion tamarins for release into their natural habitat. Accredited Zoos are active conservation institutions that value your support

  • Ambika
    05/25/2020 22:15

    look you

  • Joy d.
    05/25/2020 21:00

    deed mij denken aan mevrouw Griede & hoe ze hier over had verteld tijdens een college... ❤

  • Jesús M.
    05/25/2020 19:30

    this made me think of you ♥️

  • Shelisha A.
    05/25/2020 13:49

    Thanks to all those who made the effort to save this beautiful animal ❤

  • Cuthbert J.
    05/25/2020 12:29

    All the damage to the planet, environment and consequent climate change was caused initially by Europeans and capitalism.

  • Daniella T.
    05/25/2020 12:01

    Mico-leão-dourado 🧡

  • Ranjith P.
    05/25/2020 11:21!

  • Kostas K.
    05/25/2020 11:12

    να σαι

  • Tom T.
    05/25/2020 10:40

    so cute

  • Pedron A.
    05/25/2020 10:38

    All about nature subscribe to youtube Chanel 🙏🙏💚💚(

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