Golden Lion Tamarin Tour is a great chance to see those small, beautiful golden monkeys called Golden Lion Tamarin.
At only 1 1/2 hours’ drive from Rio you can see the results of long term conservation planning and international cooperation. The beautiful Golden Lion Tamarin Monkey, unique to a small area of the State of Rio de Janeiro, nearly went extinct in the wild.
Golden lion Tamarins live in the heavily populated Atlantic coastal regions of southeastern Brazil. They live in humid forests with many vines, bromeliads, and other epiphytes.
Lion Tamarins take their name from their impressive manes—thick rings of hair reminiscent of Africa’s great cats. The Golden Lion Tamarin may be the most beautiful of the four lion tamarin species.
Golden Lion Tamarin Tour will help you understand why it nearly went extinct and how the conservation program, not only brought the population numbers back up, but also changed the region and helped create many private reserves. The golden lion tamarin is today considered an endangered species as there are estimated to be around 1,000 golden lion tamarin individuals left in the wild.
You will stop on a country road and met our local guide, who carries a radio and large antenna. You will follow the local guide through a small field before entering a wooded area and emerge into another meadow a few minutes later. Upon our arrival, wild tamarins immediately appear in the trees at the edge of the meadow. Small radio monitors around the females’ necks allow us to locate them with his antenna. The monkeys are bright orange color, with wizard’s faces and long tails. They are not afraid of us at all and chatter constantly among themselves as they leapt from branch to branch.