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Throughout South and Central America, Tamarins are in danger of extinction. This adorable, squirrel–sized monkey is known for its mustache–like facial hair. The 18 different species of Tamarin live in the trees atop tropical rainforests and open forests. However, many species of tamarin are in danger of extinction due to deforestation. Two species in particular are critically endangered: the Black–faced Lion Tamarin in Brazil and the Cotton–headed Tamarin in Colombia.
The tiny Cotton–Top, which weighs less than a pound, is one of the most endangered primates in the world — in fact, their population is estimated to have declined by over 80% in the past 18 years. They are found only in northwestern Colombia, and their tropical forest habitat is being destroyed for roads, agriculture, food and housing. Experts say there is only about 2% of habitat left for Cotton–Top Tamarins.
While the Cotton–Top Tamarins represent an extreme example, all species of tamarins are facing the threats of deforestation, which destroy their homes and cause them to become increasingly isolated from other tamarins. Additionally, tamarins are victims of the illegal pet trade, and, due to their small size, are an easy target for predatory birds, snakes, and mammals.
You can help.
Project Peril works with reputable partners in South America to save critically endangered Tamarins by protecting habitat and securing protected areas. Your generous click today will go directly towards supporting this work through our Tamarin Recovery Fund. Together, we can save Tamarins from extinction.
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Project Peril is a signature program of GreaterGood.org to protect the world’s most threatened species. Whether tall like a giraffe or small like a bee, all life deserves a fighting chance in a world increasingly threatened by human influences. Project Peril identifies these key species on the brink of extinction and helps fund groups doing the best work to save these species around the world.
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