Archive for May, 2009

Beyond “Don’t Feed the Monkeys”

May 29, 2009

Researcher Meredith Shulte has made an interesting discovery in her 3rd year of work studying how the access to human resources is impacting the behavior of white-faced capuchin monkeys in the Manuel Antonio National Park area.

When asked to share some of her preliminary findings, Meredith had the following to say:

Essentially, based on 2 years worth of data from the Park, we have found that it isn’t simply the act of feeding the monkeys alone that is harmful anymore, it is also their access to food.  While feeding them is bad because it spreads disease, lets them develop a taste for human food and a familiarity with taking food from people, any access to food (left on picnic tables, open backpacks, etc.) is also harmful because the monkeys learn to steal.  Once they learn to like the food, and to steal the food, they become increasingly aggressive.

Because these behaviors are learned socially (from other monkeys), and the adult males are the primary thieves, the behavior can spread to other troops as male monkeys change troops at puberty and several times during their life, bringing their learned behavior of stealing human food with them, and potentially thus giving monkeys in their new troops the chance to learn it.

Additionally, access to human food has increased the amount of time monkeys are spending on the ground, and as many parasites have part of their life cycle in the soil, some of our preliminary data indicates that these monkeys that are always stealing food also have higher parasite levels. In addition, they are more susceptible to attacks from predators on the ground.

Aggressive Capuchin

We need to all work together to ensure that we are not only educating our fellow man to not feed to monkeys, but that we are picking up after ourselves as well.  When outside, please keep your food in a safe, covered area.


Costa Rica Traveler Magazine

May 27, 2009

If you’re planning a trip to Costa Rica, The Costa Rica Traveler Magazine is a must-have for planning and information.

Traveler Logo

Check their on-line site for a wealth of information on destinations throughout this beautiful country – everything from where to eat, what to do, what to see, and more…

(including information about Titi Conservation Alliance found here)

Creative Promotions

May 22, 2009

Have you ever found yourself reading this Blog and wondering, “How can I help generate further funding for Titi Conservation Alliance projects, and inform my clients of my support for conservation, all without having to take more money out of my own pocket?”

Well wonder no more!  As Member business, Cafe Milagro, recently discovered, it’s all about creativity.

During this past month of April, Cafe Milagro implemented a fun on-line promotion benefiting Titi Conservation Alliance.  The idea was simple – Donate $1 of each bag of coffee ordered online to the Alliance.  With the use of simple, clever graphics within their email marketing campaign, Cafe Milagro was able to generate great support for our efforts with little hassle or strain.

Cafe Milagro email promotion

By setting up programs like this one, Member businesses are able to generate further financial support on our behalf, while also displaying to their customers their personal responsible business practices and support of local conservation efforts.

If you have an idea for a similar program, or would like help in getting started with one, we are here and happy to help!  It can be such an easy process, with so much to gain….Why not try?!

Please contact us at any time:

Together, we can accomplish so much!

Member Marketing

May 20, 2009

This past week was a busy week in the world of Member Marketing for Titi Conservation Alliance….

With the wonderful help from our friends, Corcovado Foundation and Grupo Manuel Antonio, we were represented at both Expotur 2009, and Expo Verde 2009, in downtown San Jose.

With approximately 260 participants and thousands of attendees, both Expos are monumental for the tourist industry of our beautiful country.  Having our information and lists of contributing Members is extremely important  for informing the public (local, national, and international) of which companies and businesses are responsible, and are displaying their help in conservation and green business practices.

We are proud to have the fantastic support of each and every one of our Member businesses; and happy to have opportunities to share their importance with such broad audiences.

Thank you, Members!!

Marina Pez Vela (

Hotel Si Como No (

Hotel Parador (

Arenas del Mar (

Café Milagro (

Visualizacion Creativa

Geminis del Pacifico Vacation Home (

Iguana Tours (

Costa Rica Spanish Institute (COSI) (

Hotel California (

Hotel GAIA (

Casa de Frutas (

Villas la Macha (

Tulemar Gardens Neighbors / AVAT

Casa Las Nubes  (

Hotel Kamuk  (

Community Partners:

Aguirre County Chamber of Commerce  (

Grupo Manuel Antonio  (

Visiting Escuela Naranjito

May 7, 2009

4th-graders at Escuela Naranjito

Students in the 4th and 5th grades at Naranjito School perhaps know more about titi monkeys than most adults.  And after last week, their knowledge of Endangered Species and Global Warming became quite impressive too.

Our Environmental Educator, Isaias Orias, spends one day each week with these students, focusing on topics ranging from local ecology to maritime conservation, environmental laws, and more.  The other days are spent with students from La Immaculada, Villa Nueva, and Londres.

While visiting Naranjito with Isaias last week, my heart was warmed by the eagerness and enthusiasm of the students.  It is obvious that having Isaias come to their classroom each week is something they not only look forward to, but have come to truly appreciate.  As soon as we walk in the door, “Don Isaias! Don Isaias!” is heard overwhelmingly; followed by stories and questions about last week’s lessons.

Excited 5th-graders at Naranjito

Isaias will begin working with students from Paquita, Republica de Corea, Manuel Antonio, and Maria Luisa de Castro over the next two trimesters.  In total, we will be reaching over 700 students this year alone with in-school lessons and workshops!  It’s refreshing to see that our environmental future is in good hands.

Help Our Organic Tree Nursery – Reuse “Tetra Brik” Cartons

May 4, 2009

The problem of solid waste at the company level and at work is complicated. One of the most feasible options is to recycle or reuse waste in other roles.

Commonly used Tetra Brik cartons (which your milk and/or juice probably comes in) pollute the environment significantly. One of the biggest problems with these cartons is that they are difficult to recycle because they are made of a combination of alloy paper, plastic and aluminum. When things are made of numerous properties, those properties are difficult to separate, and therefore to recycle. Therefore, since you cannot recycle these cartons properly, we would like to give you another option to help keep them out of our landfills and waste. At the Titi Conservation Alliance, we have found a very good use for these cartons as “planters” within our Organic Tree Nurseries.

In years passed, we used plastic bags for planting seedlings; but we will now use the Tetra Brik packaging to produce 3000 trees in the nurseries this year. But we need your help, and your reusable Tetra Brik cartons!

tetra brik containers in nursery

How To Do It:

1 – When consuming products that come packaged in Tetra Brik containers, the first step is to wash the container to remove waste products (milk or juice), to keep offensive odors at bay.

2 – Cut the top of the container, to pack it well and help it to remain clean and dry:

Tetra Brik standing

3 – Or, you may crush the container to reduce space:

Tetra Brik crushed

4 – Save packages together in one place.  When you have a significant amount to be picked up, give us a call and we will come gather them.

Thank you for your help!

“Leaders in Sustainability Honored at Rainforest Alliance Gala”

May 1, 2009

A BIG Congratulations to Titi Conservation Alliance co-founder and member, Green Hotels of Costa Rica (Hotel Si Como No)!!!!

It was announced today that Green Hotels of Costa Rica is one of this year’s Rainforest Alliance Sustainability Leaders Honorees as a Corporate Sustainable Standard Setter.  This is a wonderful and immensely well-deserved honor for Green Hotels founder, Jim Demalas, and his team.

Read the full article here

“The honorees we’ve selected have made solid commitments that benefit ecosystems, workers and wildlife worldwide,” said Tenise Whelan, President of Rainforest Alliance.

The report also had this to say about Green Hotels:

Achievements of the 2009 gala honorees:
Green Hotels of Costa Rica
Propelled by founder Jim Damalas’ vision for a collection of sustainably designed, developed and managed properties, Green Hotels of Costa Rica created Si Como No Resort and Spa in 1993. The group expanded ten years later with Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel and Nature Reserve and Aguila de Osa Inn. Green Hotels are a model of social, environmental and economic responsibility, boasting some of the lowest hotel employee turnover rates in Costa Rica. All employees receive full benefits and the eco-responsible properties abide by strict water usage and treatment guidelines, recycle waste and have installed units to produce solar energy.

CONGRATULATIONS Green Hotels of Costa Rica and Hotel Si Como No!  We are proud to have Members like you!!