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Long-time Philadelphia Zoo conservation partner Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado (Golden Lion Tamarin Association) employs several strategies to save tamarins, including:
The Golden Lion Tamarin Association (GLTA) has worked to gain landowner and local government support for its efforts to improve and preserve habitat. As a result, a growing number of landowners are dedicating forested areas on their property as private reserves for this small monkey.
GLTA has also spearheaded the creation of a regional consortium to protect the São João River watershed, a critical area of golden lion tamarin habitat; and was instrumental in raising enough money to purchase a large privately-held parcel of land that now provides an 18-mile long connection between the União Biological Reserve and neighboring forest fragments.
Just as we’re planting corridors of trees to connect isolated patches of forest in Brazil “Treetop Trails,” our innovative new animal trail in the treetops will join Zoo habitats for golden lion tamarins and other primates. The trailway at the Rare Animal Conservation Center is just one part of a Zoo-wide system that will link exhibits across the Zoo.
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