8 animals brought back from the brink of extinction

Once thought destined to be lost forever, these species have rallied to beat the odds.

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Golden Lion Tamarin Golden Lion Tamarin (Photo: Fons Vermeulen / Shutterstock)

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Golden Lion Tamarin

With all but 2%–5% of their original habitat remaining in Brazil, the Golden Lion Tamarin faces steep odds for survival.

In 1969, the number of individuals left numbered less than 150. Today, thanks to conservation and breeding programs, as well as state-protected wildlife sanctuaries, the Golden Lion Tamarin population has grown above 3,000.

Unfortunately for these colorful primates, a national symbol of Brazil, deforestation continues to drive fragmentation of their limited habitat. Unless more native land is protected, the population of the species will remain critically threatened.

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