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No. 236
August 2004


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Saving the Golden-Headed Lion Tamarins


It is easy to spot cocoa trees in a small region of Brazil's Atlantic Forest along the coast of Southern Bahia. Many are nestled under a canopy of relatively intact rain forest, locally known as cabruca forests. In the past, cacao--the principal ingredient in chocolate--contributed considerably to Brazil's export economy. More recently, however, cocoa production has faced severe problems, including the rapid spread of a fungal disease and increased competition in the international market. As the price of cocoa has fallen, farmers are seeking alternative sources of income by converting cabruca forests into cattle ranches.

Today, Southern Bahia's cocoa-growing region is a mosaic of cabruca forests, mono-crop agriculture, pasture for cattle ranching, and a few remaining fragments of lowland Atlantic Forest. The remaining forests are home to the endangered golden-headed lion tamarins (Leontopithecus chrysomelas). The large shade trees, which are critical sources of food and sleeping sites for these beautiful gold-and-black monkeys, are declining because of continued habitat loss and severe habitat fragmentation.

Trees and lianas at a tropical forest in Barro Colorado Island, Panama

Until recently, little was known about their ecology and behavior. In the early 1990s, Becky Raboy, now a Research Fellow at the Smithsonian National Zoo, began a long-term study of the tamarins in East Una Biological Reserve, in collaboration with James Dietz of the University of Maryland. Administered by the Brazilian Institute for the Environment and Renewable Natural Resources, Una Biological Reserve is the largest protected area in the range of tamarins. Raboy and Dietz use radio-tracking equipment to habituate and follow groups of tamarins. After the collared groups are comfortable with the presence of human observers, a team of field assistants can systematically collect behavioral observations on many aspects of their biology.

Since launching this long-term research, Raboy and her colleagues have learned many interesting facts about tamarins. For example:

  • They aggressively defend home ranges of 120 hectares--much larger than originally thought. This finding alone is significant, as it lowers previous estimates of the species' population size considerably.
  • They use tree holes for sleeping at night, which are most abundant in tall forests. Despite their large home ranges, in any given month, tamarin groups limit themselves to just a handful of select tree holes.
  • Epiphytic bromeliads, which provide the most common insect-foraging substrate for tamarins, are uncommon in secondary forests, suggesting the importance of tall forests for tamarin survival.

With growing information on tamarin ecology and behavior, researchers have turned toward determining the chances of and developing strategies for ensuring the species' long-term survival. In collaboration with the National Zoo's Jon Ballou and Peter Leimgruber, in January 2004 Raboy initiated a project evaluating the population viability and genetic diversity of tamarins in Southern Bahia's fragmented landscape using Geographic Information Systems as a tool. Demographic information is used in combination with ecological data (such as home-range sizes and habitat preferences) and environmental factors (such as the amount of available forest cover) to model the viability of the fragmented populations and to track the likelihood that genes will be exchanged throughout the species range. Raboy, Leimgruber, and Ballou will use these techniques to assess the impacts on tamarins of habitat destruction and the creation of corridors via forest regeneration, and to prioritize specific regions within the species range for heightened conservation action.

Preliminary investigations into effective management strategies point toward the high value of conserving cabruca forests, whose complete elimination would reduce the amount of available habitat for the tamarins by over 50 percent. To promote the conservation of this rapidly dwindling environment, researchers at the Smithsonian have begun to collaborate with the Institute for the Social and Environmental Studies of Southern Bahia, a nongovernmental organization helping to create sustainable communities, providing environmental education, and assisting landowners with creating and managing private reserves.


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Pineda, E., and Halffter, G. 2004. Species diversity and habitat fragmentation: frogs in a tropical montane landscape in Mexico. Biol. Conserv. 117(5):499-508.

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Poirazidis, K., Goutner, V., Skartsi, T., and Stamou, G. 2004. Modelling nesting habitat as a conservation tool for the Eurasian black vulture (Aegypius monaehus) in Dadia Nature Reserve, northeastern Greece. Biol. Conserv. 118(2):235-248.

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Rodríguez, A., and Delibes, M. 2004. Patterns and causes of non-natural mortality in the Iberian lynx during a 40-year period of range contraction. Biol. Conserv. 118(2):151-161.

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Rolstad, J., Sætersdal, M., Gjerde, I., and Storaunet, K.O. 2004. Wood-decaying fungi in boreal forest: are species richness and abundances influenced by small-scale spatiotemporal distribution of dead wood? Biol. Conserv. 117(5):539-555.

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Salgueiro, F., Felix, D., Caldas, J.F., Margis-Pinheiro, M., and Margis, R. 2004. Even population differentiation for maternal and biparental gene markers in Eugenia uniflora, a widely distributed species from the Brazilian coastal Atlantic rain forest. Divers. Distrib. 10(3):201-210.

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Samways, M.J., and Taylor, S. 2004. Impacts of invasive alien plants on Red-Listed South African dragonflies (Odonata). S. Afr. J. Sci. 100(1):78-80.

Santangelo, G., Maggi, E., Bramanti, L., and Bongiorni, L. 2004. Demography of the over-exploited Mediterranean red coral (Corallium rubrum L. 1758). Sci. Mar. 68:199-204.

Santiapillai, C., and Jayewardene, R. 2004. Conservation of the leopard and other carnivores in Sri Lanka. Curr. Sci. 86(8):1063-1064.

Saterson, K.A., Christensen, N.L., Jackson, R.B., Kramer, R.A., Pimm, S.L., Smith, M.D., and Wiener, J.B. 2004. Disconnects in evaluating the relative effectiveness of conservation strategies. Conserv. Biol. 18(3):597-599.

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Schnabel, A., and Krutovskii, K.V. 2004. Conservation genetics and evolutionary history of Gleditsia caspica: inferences from allozyme diversity in populations from Azerbaijan. Conserv. Genet. 5(2):195-204.

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Stenhouse, R.N. 2004. Fragmentation and internal disturbance of native vegetation reserves in the Perth metropolitan area, Western Australia. Landscape Urban Plan. 68(4):389-401.

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Turpie, J. 2004. The role of resource economics in the control of invasive alien plants in South Africa. S. Afr. J. Sci. 100(1):87-93.

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van Wilgen, B.W. 2004. Scientific challenges in the field of invasive alien plant management. S. Afr. J. Sci. 100(1):19-20.

van Wilgen, B.W., de Wit, M.P., Anderson, H.J., Le Maitre, D.C., Kotze, I.M., Ndala, S., Brown, B., and Rapholo, M.B. 2004. Costs and benefits of biological control of invasive alien plants: case studies from South Africa. S. Afr. J. Sci. 100(1):113-122.

Vargas, J.H., Consiglio, T., Jørgensen, P.M., and Croat, T.B. 2004. Modelling distribution patterns in a species-rich plant genus, Anthurium (Araceae), in Ecuador. Divers. Distrib. 10(3):211-216.

Vergeer, P., Sonderen, E., and Ouborg, N.J. 2004. Introduction strategies put to the test: local adaptation versus heterosis. Conserv. Biol. 18(3):812-821.

Virkkala, R., Luoto, M., and Rainio, K. 2004. Effects of landscape composition on farmland and red-listed birds in boreal agricultural-forest mosaics. Ecography 27(3):273-284.

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Yoshikawa, T., and Asoh, K. 2004. Entanglement of monofilament fishing lines and coral death. Biol. Conserv. 117(5):557-560.

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