Archive for January, 2009

Status of the Titi

January 27, 2009

The mono titi has been listed as “Critically Endangered” on the IUCN Red List since 1996, and as “Endangered” in 2008.

So what exactly does it mean to be listed on the IUCN “Endangered” List?

It means that the species has been found to be on the verge of extinction, with research showing drastic changes needing to be in place to help them survive.

How can we help?

Along with other dedicated groups and individuals, we’ve already helped improve the titis’ status from “Critically Endangered” (where they’ve stood since 1996), to “Endangered” in 2008.  However, their population trend is still listed as decreasing.  Our work is far from over.

A decreasing population trend can be the result of many different factors.  The little research available thus far for the mono titis indicates habitat loss and fragmented groups as leading causes of their decline.

With efforts like our Naranjo River BioCorridor, with the goal of connected fragmented groups of monkeys while also increasing habitat, the titis will have a better chance of survival.  For 2008-2009, we will plant 5,500 more trees, for a total of 35,500.  In 2009-2010, we will add an additional 5,000, finishing the main route of the Corridor.

Constant maintenance of the Corridor must also take place, as well as off-shoots from the main route to other small areas.

The Corridor will connect the two known geographical habitats of the mono titis, helping them crossbreed between troops, and greatly improving their genetic stability.

Hopefully one day we will all click on the IUCN Red List link above and see that the mono titi is no longer Endangered; a true sign that conservation of the area has been maintained and successful.


We’re up and running! (and climbing through trees)

January 13, 2009

I’m happy to announce that the Titi Conservation Alliance Blog is officially up and running!

Check back for news on the latest titi happenings in Quepos/Manuel Antonio; plus educational tidbits, notices, and more.

To start off the new year, we woke to a titi parade…The sound of tens of titis happily bounding over the roof and onto the trees beyond.  They seem to be excited for the new year, no doubt in hopes of further work to conserve their habitat and families.   We hope you will join us (and them) in these efforts!

A stop for food along the parade route

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