ExxonMobil Renews Support to the Golden Lion Tamarin Association for Fourth Consecutive Year

RIO DE JANEIRO, August 22, 2022 – A symbol of national fauna, the golden lion tamarin remains in ExxonMobil’s focus. The company, one of the largest in the oil and gas sector and present in Brazil for 110 years, announced renewed support to the Golden Lion Tamarin Association (AMLD), located in interior Rio de Janeiro, with a contribution of US $200,000.00 to help preserve the species in its natural habitat, which currently amounts to only about 2,500 animals.
  • Company’s contribution will be US $200,000.00
  • Native to the Atlantic Forest, species still faces extinction with only 2,500 animals in the wild

The transaction is brokered by the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (FUNBIO). With the contribution, AMLD, in addition to taking care of the maintenance of the public park and the planting of native forest seedlings, will focus on environmental education aimed at raising awareness of environmental preservation, expanding the visitation of children and creating educational materials, while developing projects with the local communities. The golden lion tamarin is still considered an endangered species that lives only in the Atlantic Forest of the interior of the state of Rio de Janeiro. 

"We have supported this project since 2019 and it is a source of great pride for our company. ExxonMobil has a long history of responsibly meeting society‘s evolving need for energy in a reliable and sustainable manner. Our commitment is to provide the energy essential to modern life and economic development while protecting people, the environment and the communities where we operate," said Alberto Ferrin, Lead Country Manager of ExxonMobil Brazil.

"This year we celebrate 30 years of AMLD. This partnership has strengthened the institution in achieving various conservation objectives," says Luis Paulo Ferraz, Executive Secretary of the Golden Lion Tamarin Association.

"The AMLD's work was instrumental in recovering a species that was on the verge of extinction. It's a breath to see back the growth of the golden lion tamarin population. ExxonMobil's support will expand people's access to the park and information about these rare primates," says Rosa Lemos de Sá, Funbio's Secretary General.

The Golden Lion Tamarin Park

Located in the municipality of Silva Jardim, about 80 miles from the city of Rio de Janeiro, the park is already open regularly for visitation, from Thursday to Saturday, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Visitation takes place by prior appointment through the park page, on the AMLD website: https://micoleao.org.br/o-parque/. All funds raised from the visitation are reinvested in the species conservation program.

About ExxonMobil

ExxonMobil is the largest holding area holder in Brazil, among international oil and gas companies, with participation in 28 offshore blocks (~10,000 km2). The company has been operating in Brazil since 1912 and employs more than 2,000 employees in the country, focused on exploration & production, chemicals and the global business center. 

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