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Golden Lion Tamarins Carry the Olympic Torch in Rio

Wednesday 3rd August 2016

On its way to the city of Rio to open the Olympic Games, the Olympic flame is now travelling through coastal Rio de Janeiro state, the region containing the last remaining fragments of Golden Lion Tamarin (GLT) habitat!  Tuesday, August 2 at 11:30AM Rio time Andreia Martins, Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado biologist, carried the Olympic Torch in the town of Rio Bonito  Together with the Olympic Flame, she carried more than 30 years of experience with golden lion tamarins representing all of us who share in the work of assuring a future for the species in the wild!

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Andreia was selected as an Olympic Torch bearer because she is making a difference in her community.  Coordinator of the Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado GLT Monitoring Team, Andreia has worked in these forests since she was 19 years old, bringing the species back from the brink of extinction by successfully reintroducing zoo-born GLTs to their native forest home.  With the support of partners in Brazil and around the world, The Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado continues to watch over the GLTs and restore and protect enough forest for the species to continue to have a home in Rio de Janeiro into the future.


On August 3, the celebration will continue.  Andreia’s home town of Silva Jardim, Rio de Janeiro, will commemorate “The Historic Day the Golden Lion Tamarin Carried the Olympic Torch”.  Follow AMLD’s Facebook events tab for live coverage in English and in Portuguese.


9:00 AM (Rio time) Andreia will lead a parade with the Torch (the flame has gone on to open the games in the city of Rio on August 5), accompanied by 500 local school children wearing GLT wigs and T-shirts purchased by local sponsors.
9:45 AM

Parade arrives at the town square for:

music; presentations by a local musical theater group; and announcement of the winners of the Golden Lion Tamarin Drawing, Essay, Poem, and Music Contests.

11:00 AM Delivery of the Torch to the local Cultural Center where it will remain on display during the entire Rio 2016 Olympic Games.


For more information:

Associação Mico-Leão-Dourado

Facebook @associacaomicoleaodourado

Save the Golden Lion Tamarin

Facebook @saveglts


Official Rio2016 Olympics site:

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