Image by Hans Hillewaert
Golden-headed lion tamarin (Leontopithecus chrysomelas)
The Endangered golden-headed lion tamarin is found only in the east of Brazil, where just 2 to 5 percent of its original habitat remains. With support from CEPF, the Smithsonian Institute implemented a study of the forest fragments in the central biodiversity conservation corridor of the Atlantic Forest in an effort to develop a conservation action plan for the species.
Although the Atlantic Forest biodiversity hotspot provides habitat for an astonishing number of endemic species (those found nowhere else) -- 8,000 endemic plant species, 55 endemic threatened birds, 21 endemic threatened mammals and 14 endemic threatened amphibians -- only 10 percent of the forest remains.
As host nation to this year's World Cup, Brazil has the opportunity to link conservation and football by raising awareness now about its rich and highly threatened biodiversity and ecosystems, which are vital to human well-being. Help us spread the word!