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Titi Tidbits February 2018

Love is in the air for people and animals this Valentine's Day! The forest is full of animals that are joining in the celebration.Couples show how they care for one in a number of ways and of course Valentine's Day is every day if you are a young tamarin - parents love to spoil their little ones with lots tastyof treats and more!

More than a bouquet of flowers!
Who doesn't love getting flowers?In the forest, lots of animals like flowers. This pink lady butterfly, spotted in our research site, hasa special adaptation called a proboscis. A proboscis is a long, tube-like part that allows butteflies to reach down inside of flowers and sip up the nectar inside. Cotton-tops like nectar too!They will lick nectar with their tongues to get that very sweet treat!
Building a home together!

These beautiful red and green macaws are building a nest in the forest as they get ready to raise their young. They've chosen a very tall tree that just happens to have a hole large enough for them to enter and create a safe place for their chicks. Spring time is when we expect to see those tiny faces peeking out from the hole in the tree as the parents work to bring food to their hungry chicks.

Our favorite ValentTITIs
Cotton-top tamarins show their love for one another in a variety of ways. Couples groom each other, not only to get rid of any potential bugs that could be on their skin, but as a way of saying "I love you." Grooming isn't just for couples ... parents will groom their offspring as a way to show that they care too.When it is nap time, cotton-tops huddletogether on a branch for a quick snooze during the heat of the day. Mom and dad might like some quiet time together, but that doesn't get to happen very often since the youngsters like to snuggle close to their parents.
All this love in the forest has led to some new cotton-top tamarin babies!Every year we are pleased to report the birth of babies in our study groups. These new little faces that appear on the backs of their parents give us hope for the future!It is such fun to watch these tiny babies grow into one pound adult tamarins!Well, it now time to name the babies and we want you to help us pick the names!
Vote for your favorite ValenTITI name for our cotton-tops!

Vote for a girl's name!

Vote for a boy's name!

We will announce the favorite names in next month's issue of Titi Tidbits! Stay tuned and find out who our newest family members are!

Need a gift for your sweetheart? It's never too late to show your love!

Eco-mochilas are a unique gift that helps artisans join in our efforts to save cotton-top tamarins.These bags are one of a kind, hand made by local artisans in Colombia and each eco-mochila reduces plastic pollution, saves cotton-tops, and helps provide women with a stable income to support their families.

Eco-mochila Delux

The eco-mochila delux is the newest of the eco-mochila designs. With 120 recycled plastic bags in each delux, it is durable, hand-washable, and a great eco-friendly accessory for someone who loves to save the environment.
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Proyecto Tití's Position Statement on nonhuman primates in the Media

WHEREAS live nonhuman primates are often portrayed in the media as frivolous caricatures of humans, dressed in clothing and trained to do tricks on command for the amusement of the general public but with disregard to the welfare and conservation consequences; and
WHEREAS many nonhuman primates used as actors in movies and television and as photo props for commercials and greeting cards are often removed from their mothers shortly after birth and are denied opportunities for normal social and psychological development; and
WHEREAS the use of nonhuman primates in this industry often involves aversive techniques to maintain control of these animals; and
WHEREAS the inappropriate portrayal of nonhuman primates inaccurately conveys their biology and conservation status and may affect public attitudes including those in range countries where interactions with these animals have potential damaging consequences; and
WHEREAS evidence suggests that many nonhuman primate species are susceptible to many of the pathogenic infections that afflict humans and the transmission of infection can occur in both directions, especially in performing circumstances in which primates are in direct proximity with public audiences including children and the elderly,
Proyecto Titi Inc. and Fundacion Proyecto Titi therefore opposes the use of nonhuman primates as performers, photo props or actors.