To study and promote the survival of golden-headed lion tamarins in Brazil
Project BioBrasil was initiated in 2002 by the Centre for Research and Conservation of the Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp, as a research/conservation project aiming to contribute to the conservation of the Atlantic rainforest of southern Bahia in Brazil, using the golden-headed lion tamarin (Leontopithecus chrysomelas) as a focal species. The project's principle activity is research and the collection of scientific data; however, it also intends to contribute to other projects that help applying the results of its scientific research to conservation actions that promote the long-term survival of golden-headed lion tamarin populations and the conservation of their natural habitat in South-Bahia.
The ultimate goal of the project is to answer a set of research questions that provide insight into the ways in which golden-headed lion tamarins alter their behaviour in forests that have been subjected to different degrees of disturbance and fragmentation. This knowledge will then be used as the basis for designing or adapting specific conservation actions that contribute more directly to the conservation of golden-headed lion tamarins in their natural habitat.
WAZA Conservation Project 10008 is implemented by the Royal Zoological Society of Antwerp, with support provided by the Zoological Society of London and Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. Other stakeholders involved include the Institute for Socioenvironmental Studies of South-Bahia (local administrator) and the State University of Santa Cruz (Bahia).
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