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Titi Tidbits April 2018

We have so much to celebrate this month! Find out why this April is special, and learn about how you can celebrate with us!
We are excited to celebrate the birthday of someone very special to the Proyecto Tití family: Mamita!
Mamita is one of the founders of Los Límites, the community of eco-mochila artisans and supporters of cotton-top conservation. This month, Mamita is turning 98 years old!

Mamita welcomes visitors into her village with a warm cup of strong Colombian coffee and an even warmer smile. As the matriarch leading this community, all people in Los Limites come to Mamita for advice and for support. She recognizes how the cotton-top tamarin has had such an impact on the village. We are so grateful to have received her blessing to work with the people in her town. Without her, Proyecto Tití wouldn’t be where we are today.
The village of Los Límites is on the edge of the tropical dry forest, and therefore the community has a very close relationship to the land that cotton-top tamarins call home. This village is integral in determining the success in saving cotton-top tamarins. Our researchers met Mamita back in the 1990’s when they went to seek a partnership with the people of Los Límites. Mamita has a big heart and loved the idea of partnering with us to help protect cotton-top tamarins. Proyecto Tití is grateful for Mamita’s support! She is vital to the success of our community conservation programs.

With 98 years of a life well-lived, Mamita has a unique perspective on how her community can be a part of a program that benefits both people and wildlife. Mamita and her husband founded the village of Los Límites 50 years ago, and were dependent on the forest resources for daily existence. With strong family values and a loving husband, Mamita has 20 children of her own, and over 150 grandchildren and great-grandchildren!! There may be even more: Mamita says she lost count! Many of Mamita’s children, grand-children, and grea-grandchildren are involved in our various programs. It’s because of her commitment to nature and family that each child born in the village of Los Límites receives Mamita’s blessing, welcoming them into her village, her family, and our programs to help protect cotton-tops!

Mamita loves to have fun and marches to the beat of her own drum. She dances with Proyecto Tití’s visitors, she drinks endless cups of coffee, shares stories with everyone who comes to visit, and she’s even famous! Mamita can be seen in the movieLove in the Time of Cholera. She is truly one of our favorite people!

Join us in another great celebration! April 22nd is Earth Day!

Earth Day started as a result of people collectively standing up to take part in caring for our environment. On Earth Day, people around the world continue to come together to recognize how important the environment is. Together we can do our part to help make the world a better place for people and wildlife as we join together to protect nature!

What can you do on April 22nd to celebrate Earth Day?
Join us and take part!
Here are a few ideas:
  • Find fun and creative ways to reuse your plastic bottles! These children from a local school in Los Limites have made beautiful flower holders from old plastic bottles!
  • Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle your paper and wood products. You can even help Colombian farmers save wood bybuyinga Titi Post. Save a Tree, Save a Tamarin!
  • Join a local clean up at a nearby park or beach, wherever you live.
  • Donateto support a clean environment and the conservation of endangered species, including cotton-top tamarins!
  • Consider sustainable purchases – including our eco-mochilas made from repurposed, crocheted plastic bags. Check out these Earth-inspired colors:
How do they celebrate Earth Day in Colombia?

We at Proyecto Tití celebrate Earth Day every day by working with our community partners on a variety of sustainability projects. From the artisans of the eco-mochilas to the creators of the Tití Posts, our programs collect plastic waste from the cotton-tops habitat and create sustainable income opportunities.

In Latin America, Earth Day is a week-long celebration that highlights the importance of sustainable living. Teaming up with Ciclo Siete, we work together with many organizations to report how we are making a positive impact on Earth. Ciclo Siete has created a platform that talks about many different activities that can help the planet. We continue to support their plastic straw reduction campaign in our programs, and help our students become more familiar with the many activities that so many people and countries are doing to help protect the environment.It’s a great way to see how our actions are part of a bigger movement meant to celebrate protecting the Earth!

We hope you get outside and enjoy nature this Earth Day!Together, we can support a healthy planet for the future!

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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.