Support the Golden Lion Tamarin

Interstate Toll Road BR101 is being expanded from two to four lanes. The widening of this busy highway in parts of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is important and necessary for human safety. Unfortunately, a large section of the road crosses through areas of the Atlantic Forest, including the Rio São João / Mico‐Leão‐Dourado Environmental Protection Area, the only place in the world where endangered golden lion tamarins live.

Golden lion tamarins must be able to cross the road to find mates to start new families. They won’t survive if they’re isolated from each other.

Permits issued for the road expansion require wildlife bridges. These forested overpasses have proven successful for safe wildlife crossing over highways elsewhere in the world. Plans also include tunnels for terrestrial animals; tree canopy‐to‐canopy suspended bridges; and modified bridge spans.

But while construction is nearly complete along some parts of the highway, none of the bridges have been built. Meanwhile, vehicles are killing endangered golden lion tamarins, anteaters, ocelots, maned sloths, and many other Atlantic Forest animals.

Wildlife passageways uniting the two areas of the Reserve would be a huge victory for hundreds of species that exist only in this section of the Atlantic Forest, one of the most threatened tropical forests on the planet.

For these reasons we ask Autopista Fluminense, the toll road concession holder and operator, its international controlling shareholders, and the relevant Brazilian government agencies to ensure that appropriate wildlife passageways are installed immediately on BR101 between the municipalities of Rio Bonito and Campos.

We are counting on your support!