Archive for February, 2009

Rainforest Aid 2009

February 18, 2009

Raising awareness for rainforest conservation while enjoying live music, good people, great discussions, and beautiful surroundings….What could be better?!

Rainforest Aid 09 Poster

Join Titi Conservation Alliance this June on Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica, for this fabulous first-annual Rainforest Aid Festival.

For more information, visit http://www.rainforestaid09.com

Rainforest Aid 09 Logo

A Hopeful Sign?

February 12, 2009

Photo courtesy of our friend, Kent ???

We’re hoping this smiling Buddha brings good luck for the titis!

PhD Candidate Researching Titis

February 9, 2009

Columbia University PhD Candidate, Mary Blair, has been researching the effects of habitat fragmentation within titi monkeys in the Manuel Antonio area for 3 years.

Click on the link below to learn more about her work:

http://www.columbia.edu/~meb2127/

*And be sure to check out her Monkey Blog too….

http://marysmonkeyblog.blogspot.com/

A Very Sad Reality

February 3, 2009

Last night, I came face-to-face with what could be called a very ‘sad reality’ of life in rainforest tourism.

While walking along the main road from Quepos to Manuel Antonio, just steps from Byblos Restaurant and Casino, I saw a horrifying sight in the middle of the street.  A white-faced capuchin monkey lie there, life-less.

I ran to approach him, though I could tell from a distance that a pool of blood surrounded his tiny head.  He appeared to have fallen from a limb above and been hit by an on-coming car.

My heart sank.  It was too late for him; he was already dead and there was nothing I could do to save him.  Tears welled up in my eyes and ran down my cheek as I held his warm, little fingers.

I ran to find help in moving him.  A friend brought me a plastic bag to use while handling him, and was equally horrified at such a scene in the middle of the road.

When I picked him up, I was amazed at the weight of his tiny, lifeless body.  With the help of another friend, we carefully placed him in the bag to be carried away.

I write such detail of this horrible account in hopes of making an important point – This capuchin was not the first, nor will he likely be the last, to die from foreign causes to the way of life in a rainforest.  We all need to continue to be constantly aware of the fact that we are living in their home.  We have encroached on their way of life.  And so, we need to respect and act with caution in all that we do.  Even when simply driving down the road.