Proyecto Tití works with local partners and communities to protect the critically endangered cotton-top tamarin, a one-pound monkey that is found only in the tropical forests of Colombia. Through public education and engagement, protection and restoration of forest habitat, creating of community empowerment programs and field research we are helping to ensure that cotton-top tamarins continue to have a future in the wild.
Our conservation program is multidisciplinary in nature and works to reduce the threats to cotton-top tamarin survival through:
- Protecting, restoring, and connecting forest to increase the amount of habitat for cotton-tops and working to develop effective management programs that insure the long-term survival of the cotton-top tamarin in Colombia.
- Understanding the factors that influence the survival of cotton-top tamarins and the impacts to their forest home through our long-term field research program.
- Providing conservation education programs that focus on increasing knowledge, changing attitudes and influencing the behavior of students to become trusted stewards of Colombia's natural resources.
- Creating community empowerment programs that increase personal commitments to protect forests and cotton-top tamarins.
- Engaging the public through an effective communication program to increase awareness and willingness to support cotton-top tamarin and forest conservation efforts.
We focus the majority of our efforts in the departments of Bolivar, Atlántico, and Sucre in the northern region of Colombia. However, we work in partnership with regional environmental authorities, the Colombian government and organizations to develop strategies that expand our efforts to conserve cotton-tops throughout their historic distribution in Colombia.