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Titi Tidbits January 2018

Meet Our New 
Conservation Ambassadors!
We are so proud of Nelson Sánchez and Ana Belen who have recently graduated with degrees in Natural Resource Management from SENA in Colombia thanks to the support of Proyecto Tití.  Both Nelson and Ana have been part of Proyecto Tití education programs since they began their journey with us while they were in elementary school.


From the very beginning these two promising students stood out from their peers given their strong desire and commitment to caring for the natural world.  Throughout their secondary school education, you could also count on Ana and Nelson to lead conservation efforts in their communities from leading a tree planting program to actively creating campaigns to reduce the illegal wildlife trade.  

So while both of our graduates continue to look for employment with organizations where they can use their education and new skills, they both are happy to report that they have jobs!  Nelson is working in business administration helping to manage a local restaurant while he prepares to get an advanced degree in environmental engineering. He works to influence the menu choices to create sustainable options and is a passionate spokesperson about protecting native wildlife. 

Ana has created her own environmental friendly business with her family; creating a sustainable chicken farm that produces organic eggs and poultry.  She has installed solar panels for energy to sustain the egg incubators, feeds her chickens locally grown produce from her garden, and considers her impact on the environment as she continues to grow her business.  We are so proud of how these new graduates are putting their environmental knowledge and skills into practice and we believe their continued commitment to protecting the environment will continue to have a positive impact for cotton-tops and the forests they call home!




More Trees for Tamarins!



The work of conserving cotton-top tamarins goes beyond the monkeys themselves. The destruction of the trees on which these animals depend has been isolating group of cotton-tops, forcing overlap between groups, competition for food, and limiting the ability of animals to leave their family and find a new mate. We at Proyecto Tití have been working hard to protect and restore the forests where these animals live in Colombia. We are excited to share with you and celebrate huge strides in these projects in 2017! 

Reversing deforestation requires partnerships with the communities, authorities, and landowners so that the forest homes of the tamarins can expand into new areas. The community in San Juan Nepomuceno and many willing landowners joined us in learning about the hard, detailed work of restoring a forest after is it gone. We found priority areas prime for new tree growth that meet the needs of the monkeys. After we practiced growing the native trees in nurseries, we were ready to put down new tree roots to grow a better future for the cotton-tops. 



This hard work paid off!

Throughout 2017 over 25,000 trees were planted, creating  a 94-acre corridor that will connect this new forest with an adjacent national park.  This new forest of native, fast-growing trees will be the bridge for cotton-top tamarins to access forest patches that used to be out of reach from their tree branches. We are so proud of all the individuals who helped us accomplish such a monumental feat, and are excited to be able to continue our forest restoration process in 2018!



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Position Statement

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.