Golden lion tamarins are found only in Brazilian forests. These small, remarkable monkeys once had plenty of space to roam and claim family territories. But years of deforestation caused their numbers to shrink. They were in serious danger of becoming extinct.
To help, scientists studied the animals in zoo settings. But they faced several mysteries. Why weren't golden lion tamarins reproducing in zoos? If scientists reintroduced zoo-raised tamarins to the wild, would those monkeys survive? And how could scientists give tamarins enough forest area for the population to grow? Find out how scientists and concerned citizens worked together to give golden lion tamarins a hopeful future.
About the Author
Sandra Markle is the author of numerous award-winning books for children. A former elementary science teacher, she is a nationally-known science education consultant.
Markle has received many honors for her series Animal Predators, Animal Scavengers, and Animal Prey. Several titles have been named as National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)/Children’s Book Council (CBC) Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12, and Animal Predators was honored as a Top 10 Youth Nonfiction Series by Booklist.
Markle is also the author of the Insect World series and several single titles. Her book Rescues! was named a Best Book by the Society of School Librarians International and a Recommended Title of Outstanding Nonfiction by the National Council of Teachers of English’s (NCTE) Orbis Pictus Award committee; Animal Heroes was named a 2008 Lasting Connections title by Book Links.
Markle lives in Lakewood Ranch, Florida with her husband, photographer Skip Jeffery.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
What a great book with a happy outcome for one of the many endangered animals in the world. The Golden Tamarin was becoming endangered due to shrinking habitat. A group of scientists studied them in the wild, then the zoo to see why they were not breeding. The zoos began to change the way they were housing and raising the Golden Tamarins and they began to reproduce. They eventually released some into the wild but they could not survive. Once they mated with wild Tamarins that had been released into their breeding grounds they were successful in their survival as well as mating, having young that lived and families that grew and survived. The reforestation projects they took on to build the forest bridges was ingenious and led to the projects success. A feel good book for anybody interested in how to help endangered species to live and thrive.