Thursday, January 30 2020
Recently two of the staff members of the Golden Lion Tamarin Association received the Disney Conservation Fund 2019 Heroes Award. In Portuguese, the name of the association is the Associação Mico Leão Dourado (AMLD). Following is information from the press release.
Born and raised in Silva Jardim, Brazil, where the majority of the remaining golden lion tamarin monkeys live, Nandia Menezes and Nelson Barbosa have dedicated their careers to teaching and empowering local people to value their communities’ natural resources and practice conservation where they live and work. Menezes coordinates AMLD’s Rediscovering the Atlantic Forest program and has reached more than 5,000 students from 50 schools through this service-learning course that empowers local teachers and decision-makers to become conservation ambassadors in their communities. Barbosa supported the reintroduction of nearly 150 golden lion tamarins to Brazilian forests and today he teaches sustainable farming methods to local land-owners. Each family in the AMLD network is now producing and selling 20,000–40,000 native tree seedlings a year, which are helping to reforest habitats for golden lion tamarins and other wildlife. Together, this team has positively impacted the lives of thousands and improved the future of forests for people and animals.
We are proud to support the Golden Lion Tamarin Association in Silva Jardim, about a two hour drive from the city of Rio. We coordinate visits there for guests to learn about the important work of the Association and to go on a guided hike with their staff to spot the golden lion tamarins. This is the only region in the world where this endangered animal exists in the wild. Top the day off with a homemade lunch at the ranch of a local family who partners with the Association to provide the tree seedlings used in their reforestation efforts.