Today, about 2,000 golden lion tamarins
live in Brazil.
Nelson, a Research Assistant with the Golden Lion Tamarin
Association, is monitoring the family's activities.
The golden lion tamarin
was considered a seed predator for the species whose seeds were physically damaged or digested.
Southeastern Brazil is the only natural habitat of the monkeys and biologists estimate between 600 and 800 golden lion tamarins
live at the reserve.
Just last year, the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment gave the Golden Lion Tamarin
Association a $350,000 grant.
The reintroduction of the endangered Golden Lion Tamarin
into the wild is a classic example of how zoos can contribute to the conservation of animal species in the wild.
Families and visitors to the centre, in Cannon Hill Park, are able to see exotic animals like meerkats, lemurs, golden lion tamarin
monkeys, capuchin monkeys and ocelots.
Antwerp Zoo is one of the world's oldest and most famous zoos, and participates in an international breeding programme for threatened species such as the okapi, the bonobo, the golden lion tamarin
and the Congo peacock.
The Golden Lion Tamarin
Conservation Program (http://www.si.edu./glt/index.htm)
For more details visit www.britishkunekunesociety.org.uk Other creatures we enjoyed seeing again included the white naped cranes, the European lynx and the golden lion tamarin
from the Atlantic coastal rainforest of Brazil.
Matthew also met the Golden Lion Tamarin
- a species of monkey threatened with extinction during filming of the show.
Golden Lion Tamarin
monkeys, Cortes and Pablo recently moved into the Birmingham Nature Centre in Cannon Hill Park and are set to became an instant hit.