Archive for June, 2009

Margay Spotted!

June 30, 2009

A spectacular sighting occurred recently on Punta Quepos, an equally biodiverse, impressive, and important area of land to the national park here in Manuel Antonio.

On June 25, two visitors staying at Hotel Parador made the amazing discovery – a Margay (Leopardus wiedii) bounding across the trails!

Margay on Punta Quepos

The Margay is often compared to an Ocelot in its appearance, though it is a bit smaller in stature and more commonly tree-dwelling.  This discovery of the rare feline is evidence of the great importance to conserve the biodiversity of Punta Quepos.

If Margays are here, it is an indication that there are many more species in the area.   The Margay is classified as Near Threatened with a trend towards decling populations on the IUCN Red List, and a sighting of this sort in a ‘touristic’ community such as ours is critically important.

Reforestation Field-Trips

June 29, 2009

Last Friday, Titi Conservation Alliance and 105 students from three local schools – Manuel Antonio, La Immaculada, and Naranjito – planted trees in our Naranjo River Biological Corridor.

June 19 Reforestation Field Trip

In the early-morning sunshine, the students planted over 600 trees!

These field-trips are enhanced by the students’ participation with our in-school nurseries and classroom lessons.  We have helped each of the eight schools that we currently work with create tree nurseries on their school grounds.  The students are therefore able to plant the small seedlings of trees that they will later plant within the biological corridor on trips like that which was held last week.

By purchasing the trees from the schools after one year of rearing by the students, we at Titi Conservation Alliance are able to further contribute to additional educational resources needed by each local school.

It is our hope and purpose that by physically going out into the corridor and getting their hands dirty, the students are left with an even more valuable and memorable experience and appreciation for conservation.

A Busy Weekend

June 23, 2009

There was much activity this past weekend for Titi Conservation Alliance.

Friday started with a successful reforestation trip with school children from three local Aguirre County primary schools; as well as the start of Rainforest Aid 2009 on Osa Peninsula.

For the latter, we were happy to be a part of this important event bringing together art, conservation, and education for improvements to Costa Rica’s Rainforest habitats.

Alliance staff set up educational booths on the Festival grounds; for all visitors to learn more about titis, conservation, work for the Manuel Antonio area, and our wonderful Member supporters.

Heading down to Osa

June 17, 2009

This week, Titi Conservation Alliance representatives are heading down to Osa Peninsula to be a part of the first annual Rainforest Aid Festival.

Rainforest Aid 09 Logo

Rainforest Aid has been created to raise awareness and funds for Costa Rica’s Osa Peninsula through a fun, music- and education-filled festival.

Titi Conservation Alliance will host educational presentations on our work, the titis, the Manuel Antonio area, and the importance of creating biological corridors.  We will also maintain an informative booth on the Festival grounds, complete with titi facts, Alliance and Member information, and demonstrations of monkey bridges with the help of Kids Saving the Rainforest.

We will give a full report when we return…Let’s hope it is a successful event for the Osa and for rainforest conservation everywhere!

Reforestation with Iguana Tours

June 15, 2009

Iguana Tours Logo

Titi Conservation Alliance Member Iguana Tours recently organized a fantastic adventure and education trip for San Jose-based tourism companies.

The trip involved a fun, fast-paced look into the four core tours that Iguana offers.  By rotating groups of participants to the various locations of these tours, Iguana provided an exciting, hands-on insight into the tours that they offer.

As a part of this trip, Iguana Tours included a stop along the way to our Rio Naranjo Biological Corridor.  Here, participants planted trees in the Corridor, learned about the various species being planted, and received an insiders’ look into the work of Titi Conservation Alliance, and of the support we receive from Iguana Tours.

Iguana Tours Reforestation

“This activity turned out to be one of the main highlights of the trip,” commented Randall Cruz of Iguana Tours, organizer of this event.  “Having participants observe the work of the Alliance, get their hands dirty, and have fun learning about the local fauna, really added a lot to their overall experience of the area. I was amazed by Juan Pablo’s knowledge and learned a lot myself!”

Iguana Tours hopes to continue programs such as this, educating tourism companies not only about our Aguirre County, but also of the importance of the conservation work being done here.

Thank you, Iguana Tours, for making Titi Conservation Alliance such an important part of this program!

World Environment Day

June 8, 2009

June 5 marked the official United Nations’ World Environment Day.

As a part of the celebration, we set a goal to plant 500 trees in our Naranjo River Biological Corridor by this date.  And we are excited to announce that we reached our goal!

Rio Naranjo Biological Corridor

Planting season in the Corridor has only just begun for this year.  We only plant during the rainy season, (April-November), as the earth is too dry during the dry season; so we’re off to a strong start!  Stay tuned for further updates and many more plantings!

Slow…Steady…Strong…

June 3, 2009

Watching the movements of the three-toed sloths, rain forest friends of the titi monkeys, is an awe-inspiring sight.

Climbing Sloth

They are slow, steady, and strong as they purposefully climb up and through the branches of trees.

Previously believed to spend the majority of their lives in just one tree, it is now understood that the three-toed and two-toed sloths of Costa Rica change trees about every 2 days.  But they are smart animals – climbing from limbs of one tree to the next instead of venturing to the ground and back up another tree.  At their slow pace, ground movement would make them far more susceptible to predators.  In fact, they only climb down to the ground about once a week to “use the bathroom”.  Why they don’t simply defecate from the treetops remains a mystery.

The three-toed sloths, like those in the pictures above and below, are most commonly seen, as they are active during the day and night.  Two-toed sloths are typically active only at night.  (“Active” is relative of course.)

Because they feast only on the leaves of trees, they have a very slow metabolic rate, causing their slow movements, as well as low body temperatures.  At night, sloths save energy by actually lowering their body temperature to almost match that of the environment.

Sloth Portrait

When working to protect and conserve the habitats of the titi monkeys, we are inherently helping the survival of these precious creatures as well.

Please join us in the fight to protect the titis, and ALL their rain forest friends!

Visit www.monotiti.org for information on how you can help,

Or contact us at info@monotiti.org at any time.