In 1992, Durrell DESMAN graduate, Claudio Valladares-Padua, established the Institute for Ecological Research (IPÊ), now one of Brazil's largest environmental NGOs. IPÊ has spear-headed efforts to conserve this tamarin in the wild and in 2015 was awarded the National Award for Biodiversity by the Brazilian Ministry of the Environment for its work on the species.
2008 - the black lion tamarin is down-listed from Critically Endangered to Endangered on the IUCN Red List, reflecting the decreased risk of extinction of the species as a result of successful conservation efforts.
After 10 years of dedicated work led by project partner IPÊ, the largest reforested habitat corridor of Atlantic Forest is complete. With 1.4 million trees planted, the corridor spans more than 700 hectares and links together key areas of remnant forest to connect the remaining black lion tamarin sub-populations to avoid inbreeding and reduce extinction risk through chance events.