Save the Golden Lion Tamarin (SGLT) is a United States 501 (c) (3) public charity, created in 2005 by a small group of passionate U.S.-based conservation professionals who have dedicated their careers to golden lion tamarin conservation. Save the Golden Lion Tamarin provides technical and financial support to help Associação Mico-Leão Dourado (AMLD or Golden Lion Tamarin Association) save golden lion tamarins in perpetuity.  AMLD has funds from Brazilian sources for other aspects of their work, but they lack sufficient support for salaries of their team. Save the Golden Lion Tamarin focuses its efforts to help AMLD achieve the long-term financial stability to retain their competent team to continue their critical work. 

Founders of Save the Golden Lion Tamarin

Save the Golden Lion Tamarin is registered in the state of Maryland as a charitable organization.  We are a lean all-volunteer organization that functions virtually, with a mailing address at the Silver Spring, Maryland home of its treasurer.  The work is accomplished in the Washington D.C. area at the homes and offices of the ten board members and other volunteers, at sites including the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. 

International Recognition

Our work is recognized internationally for its effectiveness in achieving conservation goals, and our competence has also been recognized by several prestigious national and international awards.

  • Endorsed by Saving Nature

  • Secretary of Biodiversity of Brazil’s Ministry of the Environment officially declares August 2 as National Golden Lion Tamarin Day in Brazil (2018)

  • Disney Reverse the Decline Award (2014)

  • Disney Conservation Hero Award (2011)

  • St. Andrews Prize for the Environment (2010)

  • Nature 19 November 2009: pp. 266-269

  • National Geographic Society / Buffet Award for Leadership in Latin America (2008)

  • Ford Motor Company Conservation Award – Category Science and Professional Training (2007)

  • Bruno H.Schubert-Stiftung Award - Category Young Scientist (2007)

  • Prêmio Super Ecologia—Category Most Effective Wildlife NGO (2002);

  • Prêmio Muriqui—Man and Biosphere Program (1998)

  • Several service awards from two local municipal governments