Currently, there is only one reserve, the Canon del Rio Alicante, where the silvery brown bare-face tamarin can be found. However, this area is poorly protected and the land has been exploited for the benefit of local people. Therefore, a method of protecting this animal whilst allowing development in surrounding communities is needed. A campaign is currently underway for the creation of a protected area for the species in the north-east of the department of Antioquia, Colombia, which would also benefit the variegated spider monkey (10) (11).
A captive breeding programme for the silvery brown bare-face tamarin was initiated in 2006, but the programme has experienced problems with reproduction and survival of individuals in captivity. A conservation action plan has been created for this species which outlines actions such as the continuation of captive breeding, education programmes, population surveys and studies of habitat use. It is hoped that through such actions, the threats on this beautiful primate may be reduced (1).