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golden lion tamarin

Atlantic Forest

Golden Lion Tamarin

Conservation Reserve

golden lion tamarin

Atlantic Rainforest:
Golden Lion Tamarin!

The golden lion tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia - family: Callitrichidaeis), is one of the world's most endangered mammals, with a population of about 3,500 individuals. The conservation status is EN= Endangered (IUCN 3.1).

This magnificent small monkey has a highly restricted distribution, limited to an area below 300 meters in altitude within the Atlantic Forest of Rio de Janeiro state. Capture captivating images of these remarkable animals within a protected forest and visit a conservation center dedicated to reintroduction programs.

Why book this tour

  • Observe and photograph families of Golden Lion Tamarins in their natural environment
  • Gain a high level of primate fauna endemism
  • Support conservation efforts in the Atlantic Rainforest


  • Departure from: Rio de Janeiro
  • When: All year round
  • Duration: min. 2D/1N or Daily Tour
  • Difficulty:
  • When to book: at least 2 months in advance
  • Private Guided Tour
  • By booking this tour you contribute to the conservation of the Golden Lion Tamarins

This tour includes

  • Private transportation
  • Exclusive, English-speaking Wildlife Guide
  • Private safari
  • Accommodation
  • Meals
  • Entrance fees



A mandatory Yellow Fever Vaccination is required for entry into the conservation forest. While there's no infection risk for visitors, this precaution is crucial to safeguard the tamarins. Additionally, a Covid-19 vaccination is also mandatory for all participants.


Dr. Rauno Vaisanen

"We are more than happy to give feedback, since it was just fantastic with Wild Brazil exceeding all our expectations.
We saw two family groups of the golden lion tamarins. It was nice and easy, and the monkeys were just wonderful. We expected a strenuous hike, but it was only a short and pleasant stroll with two most friendly rangers.
It was also important to learn about the successful and challenging project of the Association, and the role of the Fazenda and other farmers in the restoration of forest and building up the habitat connectivity.
The Fazenda was a great experience of its own: Interesting and most friendly people, superb genuine food to say the least, biologically rich environment with nice birds, frogs and butterflies. The trails around might have yielded even more. The hosts were charming and the atmosphere was really memorable in their wonderful fazenda (we have stayed at wonderful farms also in Emas and Pantanal so that we really appreciated such a quality).
Ricardo was an excellent guide, professional and easy-going. Excellent company, providing us a lot of insight information of the nature, history and culture of Brazil. We loved It.
So, we can only say a humble thank you! We have visited Brazil several times, but a brief visit in the Atlantic rainforest in the Rio area was a surprisingly rewarding experience."

Other tamarins you can see with us:

black lion tamarin
Black Lion Tamarin
(Leontopithecus chrysopygus)
Contact us for info

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Souther Muriqui
(Brachyteles arachnoides)