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Golden Lion Tamarin

Thirty years ago, fewer than 200 golden lion tamarins (GLTs) could be found in their native habitat in Brazil. As a result of breeding and reintroduction programs, the wild golden lion tamarin population has grown to more than 1,500.

Since the 1970s, the National Zoo in collaboration with other organizations, scientists from all over the world, and the government and people of Brazil have been working to save this endangered species from extinction.

Adopt a golden lion tamarin and help support conservation efforts at both the National Zoo's D.C. campus and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, Virginia.

Adopt a golden lion tamarin!

GLT package

Packages at the $65 level are shipped in an animal carrier box and include:

  • 12-inch animal plush
  • Personalized certificate and letter of appreciation
  • Photo of your adopted species
  • Animal fact sheet