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A Golden Lion Tamarin
Photographer: Charles Meyer
Location: The Atlantic Forest, Brazil
Story: 
In the Atlantic Forest of Brazil lives one of the world's most critically endangered primates. In the 1970s, according to conservationist, Denise Rambaldi, the Golden Lion Tamarin was practically extinct. If not for certain human efforts made by her and other naturalists, the species would most likely no longer exist in the wild. We were so lucky to observe a now relatively healthy population in one area of the Atlantic Forest. There are now well over 1,000 in the wild, which is certainly an improvement from the numbers 30-40 years ago. Aside from the value of their rarity, the sheer color and manner of the species was enough to captivate me or any wildlife enthusiast. I only wish I had more time to photograph what is in my opinion, one of the most beautiful creatures in the world.
Digital Alterations: 
I boosted a bit of saturation and contrast in the image, as well as some sharpness and definition. I wanted to bring out every single aspect of the creatures beauty, from its little dark eyes, to its golden fur, and the vivid green that surrounded it.
Camera Information: Canon 60D with Canon EF 70-300mm lens
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