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Beating the Odds
Photograph by Mark W. Moffett

Nearing extinction in the wild only a few decades ago, the golden lion tamarin (Leontopithecus rosalia) has become an international symbol of success in conservation. Many of the squirrel-size monkeys had been captured as pets or for zoo exhibits. Those remaining in the treetops—about 200 in 1983—hung on for dear life in increasingly isolated patches of forest. Since then, more than 140 captive-bred tamarins have been released in and around the Poço das Antas Biological Reserve in the state of Rio de Janeiro. They are now mating with the wild population, which has rebounded to about a thousand.

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Canon EOS
Film Type: Ektachrome 100
Lens: 300mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/125 @ f/5.6
Weather Conditions: Cloudy
Time of Day: Morning
Lighting Techniques: Fill flash


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