Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (AMLD), Golden Lion Tamarin Conservation Project (GLTCP), is one of the best-known rainforest conservation efforts in Brazil. Golden Lion Tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia) is one of the most endangered primate species on earth and is endemic to Atlantic Rainforest of Rio de Janeiro State. Due to the devastation of the Atlantic Rainforest, the Golden Lion Tamarin habitat reduced drastically leading the specie to extinction.
The project aims on the conservation of Atlantic Rainforest, one of world’s richest tropical forests in biodiversity, focusing on the protection of the Golden Lion Tamarin in its natural habitat. The goal of the conservation project by the year 2025 is to grow the population to 2,000 individuals in 25,000 hectares of protected forest, saving the species from extinction.
Besides being a great attraction itself, visiting AMLD with Brazil Ecotravel will help support the project. AMLD has been receiving groups of foreigners to observe Golden Lion Tamarin in their natural habitat and learn about the importance of the project for GLT and Atlantic Rainforest. In 2006, with the support of Brazil Ecotravel and International Expeditions that took 16 groups, with a total of 96 passengers, donating US$ 6.580 to conserve the areawhere the largest population of reintroduced GLT is concentrated. In 2005, a total of 128 visitors within 22 groups visited and raised a total of US$7.400 in donations. Namibia Brazil businesses . site information .