National Geographic Expedition visits AMLD

On July 13th and 14th, the Golden Lion Tamarin Association in Brazil (AMLD) hosted an expedition of youths between the ages of 14 and 16 that was organized by National Geographic Expeditions.  The group was made up of young people from various countries, including the U.S., India, Finland, Japan, and Thailand, and was part of a study trip aimed a forming ambassadors of National Geographic.  The group had previously been in the Pantanal and the Amazon as well, and to get to know the Atlantic Forest, the group visited the AMLD in Rio de Janeiro.  During the two day visit, the youths, together with the team of AMLD, shared an experience of getting to know golden lion tamarins in the forest, planted seedlings of native Atlantic Forest trees, and visited the private reserve Santo Antônio dos Cordeiros located in Silva Jardim.  They also visited a nursery of native species, made a trail in the União Reserve, visited the headquarters of the AMLD in the Poço das Antas Reserve, and ended their adventure rafting down the Macaé River.  In all, it was a perfect mix of tourism, studies, and recreation for the future ambassadors! AMLD and the students discussed local and global environmental topics, and a second group will arrive to take part in the same program on August 1st and 2nd.  The AMLD team declared this an incredible experience for all! More photos of the experience can be seen on AMLD's Facebook page.