About Proyecto Tití
Proyecto Tití is a multi-disciplinary in situ conservation program that combines field research, education initiatives and community programs to make the conservation of natural resources economically feasible for local communities in Colombia. The program is designed to provide useful information to assist in the long-term preservation of the cotton-top tamarin and to develop local community advocates to promote conservation efforts in Colombia.
Since it's inception in 1985, Proyecto Tití has been committed to raising public awareness to the plight of the cotton-top tamarin through a variety of projects involving numerous individuals and organizations. The field program began in Colosó in 1987 and in 1999 we moved our field program to Santa Catalina at Hacienda El Ceibal. The field staff is composed of Colombian biologists and field assistants who are responsible for the daily operations of both the field and educational aspects of the program managed under our Colombian non-profit organization Fundación Proyecto Tití. Latin American students are also provided with training in field biology and grass-roots conservation methods.
According to Dr. Anne Savage, the founder of Proyecto Tití "Developing
effective long-term conservation programs requires more than just
scientific studies. It requires a multidisciplinary approach that combines
field research and effective scientific assessments of habitats, as well
as community programs that involve local people in culturally relevant,
action-based programs. Making the conservation of natural habitats and
resources economically feasible for local communities will insure the
survival of not only the cotton-top tamarin, but the native flora and
fauna of Colombia. Our goal, is to use the cotton-top tamarin as the
flagship species for the conservation of Colombia's natural resources."
Rosamira Guillen, Executive Director of Fundación Proyecto Tití sees
Proyecto Titi “as a model for effective conservation programs in Colombia.
The team’s commitment to not only working to save this critically endangered primate
but providing opportunities for local communities to learn and get
involved with the conservation of this little monkey will make a life long
difference in the lives of many Colombians”