Archive for July, 2009

Troop Movement

July 24, 2009

If you’ve ever seen one titi, chances are good that you’ve seen many…

titi troop

Titi monkeys travel in groups called troops.  These troops typically contain anywhere from 40 to 65 individuals, and are a crucial part of the monkeys’ lives and survival.

Females within a troop will move to other neighboring troops when they reach sexual maturity (at about age 2.5); while males will stay with their original troops and breed with the new incoming females.

Staying true to their peaceful and playful characters, titi troops are egalitarian, with very low levels of aggression between males and females.

dos monos

From breeding and grooming, to protection against predators, these troops act as a true family system for titis.

Help us protect these peaceful primates…

Please browse our website to learn more, become a member, or make a donation:

www.monotiti.org

Thank you for your interest and support!

Introducing – Common Cents!

July 20, 2009

Common Cents Logo

Mirrored after the wonderful “We Share” Program started by Hotel Parador, Common Cents brings a fantastic new opportunity to hotels for giving back to the community.

What is it?

Common Cents provides an opportunity to contribute more support for local organizations like Titi Conservation Alliance, while also educating and informing customers of your responsible business practices.

It is a program set up so that you act as the conduit for the donation, without costing you a penny.

How does it work?

  • Hotels automatically add $1 (or any amount of their choice) for each nights’ stay to customers’ final bill, explaining that the addition is being donated to the Titi Conservation Alliance.
  • By placing information cards in each guest room, (which we gladly provide), hotels quickly and easily explain what Titi Conservation Alliance does, and why their business supports the cause.
  • If a customer does not want to have the addition added to their bill, it is easily removed at their request.

For hotel owners, how you can implement a similar program:

There are three basic elements to implementation:

1)      Marketing within your hotel

2)      Training your employees

3)      Back-office programming

Titi Conservation Alliance will provide hotel owners with everything needed to carry out each of these steps.

This is a program that can be easily started, communicated with customers, and hugely beneficial to hotels, as well as the community as a whole.

Spread the word and help support local organizations…Contact us today to discuss implementing the Common Cents program in your hotel.

(506) 2777-2306; or email at info@monotiti.org

We can all benefit from a little extra Common Cents!

Why Biological Corridors?

July 15, 2009

For those of us at Titi Conservation Alliance, the yearly “Rainy Season” on the Central Pacific Coast of Costa Rica (roughly May through November) translates to “Planting Season.”

With loose, wet, nutrient-rich soil, the rainy season provides the best possible conditions for planting trees along our Naranjo River Biological Corridor.

Also at this time of year, we often hear questions about the work of planting these trees, why it’s so important, and what exactly we’re trying to accomplish through this “biological corridor”.

So let’s answer those questions now — Why Biological Corridors?  And why the “Naranjo River” Biological Corridor?

The term “Biological Corridor” refers to any area of habitat created, (or naturally existing), that connects populations of wildlife.

In Aguirre County, Costa Rica, where we are located, there are two known geographical population areas of titi monkeys.  The red dots on the image below indicate areas of titi habitat.  Each dot represents a troop, or family, of titis.  The small grouping at the top left-hand side of the image is considered one area (named Nara Hills); and the grouping of numerous troops on the bottom right is the second area (named Manuel Antonio National Park).

Titi Population Map

These two areas, from Nara Hills to Manuel Antonio National Park, are considered ‘disconnected’ habitats due to land-clearings from agriculture and development.  Therefore, the few troops of monkeys living in either location (a total of only about 1,500 individuals), are unable to travel to neighboring troops.

Why is this a problem?

This is a genetically dangerous situation because this separation leads to inter-breeding within titi troops, and greatly reduces their genetic viability and chances of survival.

Therefore, after much research and preparation to dictate the proper lineage to connect these areas, we started work to create a Biological Corridor that would connect these two important habitat areas.  As you can see from the map above, the Naranjo River provides an appropriate, natural trail between the two areas.

We plant a combination of 22 various endemic species of trees along the corridor, which runs 2- to 4-rows-deep in most areas.

Rio Naranjo Biological Corridor

Another beautiful thing about creating this corridor is that it not only brings the titi monkeys new breeding options; it also takes them away from some of the harm of more developed areas (surrounding the National Park) where they are more likely to be harmed by human interaction.  The corridor also provides excellent, rich habitat for many other wildlife, including the endangered macaw.

As you can see, the depth of work within a biological corridor is large, and the benefits even larger.

Before the end of next year, 2010, we plan to have the connection complete with close to 50,000 trees planted in total.  The trees take five years to reach maturity, and we will continue to work with the maintenance of each and every one to ensure a successful and long-lasting corridor.

Caught in the Act

July 8, 2009

Thinking about it…

Considering

Going for it…

Going for it

Success!

Success

White-faced capuchin monkeys will sometimes seek the sweet taste of a banana, though fruits make up only 40% of their diet.

In contrast, titi monkeys, going against all stereotypes of a “typical monkey”, do not (and should not) eat bananas.  The fruit does not digest well in their sensitive intestinal systems, and can make them critically ill.

Yet another reason to make sure we don’t feed the monkeys…especially bananas!

Celebrating Independence…With Coffee and Conservation

July 6, 2009

In celebration of Independence Day for the United States, the US Embassy of Costa Rica hosted its annual 4th of July Picnic at the Cervezaria in the capital city of San Jose last Friday.

Cafe Milagro is a long-time supporter of this fun and well-attended event, and graciously invited Titi Conservation Alliance to take part by sharing a booth this year.

By combining efforts and showing our joint support for one another, we doubled our impact and impressions on attendees of the event.  It was an honor for Titi Conservation Alliance to work side-by-side with one of our founding and current Members; and to share information about our conservation efforts with a new audience of ex-patriots living in Costa Rica.

By attending these events, we continue to spread the word about the immense importance of conservation, and of responsible tourism through patronizing responsible businesses like those of our Members.

Welcome New Member!

July 1, 2009

We are happy to announce the newest Member of Titi Conservation Alliance – The Falls Resort in Manuel Antonio!

The Falls logo

The Falls is joining Titi Conservation Alliance at the impressive Spider Monkey Level, and will be a wonderfully valuable supporter of our work.

Not only do they represent sustainable development in their daily practices of smart environmental business standards and their work towards their Certification for Sustainable Tourism (CST); they also represent genuinely concerned and action-oriented community members.

We are honored to have The Falls as a part of the Alliance, and look forward to working closely with them.

Please take a moment and visit their website to learn more:

www.fallsresortcr.com