IN THE NEWS
2013 Proyecto Tití Annual Report
Proyecto Tití is pleased to share our
Report (click this
link to view report). We have celebrated many
accomplishments that would not have been possible without your
Proyecto Tití Launches Campaign for Conservation
Education Program Mascot
We are excited to announce the launch of a new
campaign through LoveAnimals.org to help us continue to develop our
community conservation education program in Colombia. As part of the
campaign, Proyecto Tití hopes to purchase a custom-made, human-sized
cotton-top tamarin costume, which will become the ambassador of
Proyecto Tití. The costume will be used in our community outreach
activities (teaching people not to keep monkeys and other wildlife as
pets) and also in classroom education (teaching 7th-graders about the
importance of wildlife and the environment). Any extra funds we raise
will go directly to our conservation activities in Colombia. We are
also requesting suggestions on what to name our amazing mascot!
The campaign will run through Tuesday, August
12th – Wednesday, September 17th.
http://www.loveanimals.org/wild/cotton-top-mascot.html to help
support our campaign and share with your family and friends!
Proyecto Tití and Community
Rally to Fight Forest Fire
Photo: Proyecto Titi
On July 9th, a tree was struck by lightning near
the village of Los Límites in Northern Colombia and a fire broke out
threatening the forests of Ceibal and the lives of cotton-top
lightning strikes during the rainy season are not a problem, however,
this year we are experiencing a severe drought and the fire spread
easily from the town, to an open agricultural field, and into the
nearby forest reserve of Ceibal.
Fighting the growing flames was not an easy task.
The village of Los Limites does not have any running water and
the closest fire department is 30 minutes away!
A fire truck was dispatched, but could not reach the fire since
there were no paved roads leading to the area.
Working with the firefighters, the Proyecto Tití team, and the
communities of Los Limites and Santa Catalina helped to control the
fire. They filled buckets
of water and carried them to the fire or transported the water via
motorcycle to the firefighters in the field.
You can only imagine how difficult it was to put out a fire
with small buckets of water!
The team watched as the fire spread closer to the forest and
they began to remove some of the dense understory in an effort to
create a fire break.
Through the determination and hard work of all
involved, the fire was extinguished within 2-3 days of the outbreak
and left minimal damage to the forest.
The flames primarily affected the understory of the forest,
which contained a thick layer of dry leaves and organic debris. We are
so incredibly thankful to everyone who helped to extinguish the fire
and we are very pleased to report that no cotton-top tamarins were
harmed by the fire. Now
begins the effort to repair the damage from the fire and keep a
watchful eye on the forest.
Cotton-top Tamarins Featured in TED-ed
Cotton-top tamarins communicate using a very
sophisticated language containing almost 40 distinct and grammatically
structured calls. So what
do we know about all of these unique calls?
Now you can learn how to “speak like a tamarin” through the
TED-ed Original lesson: “How to Speak Monkey: The Language of
Cotton-top Tamarins! The
lesson was created as part of collaboration between Proyecto Tití and
the creative animators at TED-ed.
As part of this unique video lesson, viewers follow the day in
the life of Shakira, a female cotton-top tamarin, as she uses a
variety of chirps and whistles to chat with her family, search for
food, and alert against potential nearby predators.
You can view the complete lesson plan and supplementary
educational materials on
ed.ted.com. We are
very grateful to TED-ed for helping us to share the fascinating world
of cotton-top tamarins with the TED-ed community and audience!