Students and teachers visit Fincas Naturales

December 11, 2009

Group of 24 children and several teachers and parents from the Maria Luisa de Castro School from Boca Vieja came on 10 December 2009 to visit Fincas Naturales, a 30 acre wildlife refugee which forms part of the Si Como No Resort and Spa, a member and one of the founding fathers of the Titi Conservation Alliance.

Kids spent several delightful hours exploring this small but spectacular jungle full of surprises: from the mariposarium, where huge morph butterflies land on one’s head, to 6 feet long crocodiles basking in the sun. Young explorers had many questions for the knowledgeable and patient guides: how the butterflies see, how long they spend in the larval stage, which crocodile is female and which is male. One parent commented that they learned more in several hours of hands-on learning than from days in the classroom.

The visit was organized by Isaías Orias Medina, Titi Conservation Association’s environmental educator, as part of the organization’s hands-on environmental education program. We are very grateful to the Si Como No Resort and Spa for their kind welcome and the assistance of their wonderful guides, and to the  Iguana Tours for providing transport for this activity.


Workshop on mangroves for the Iguana Tours team

December 11, 2009

It was my kind of ‘day in the office’ – Juan Pablo Aguero, our forestry engineer, offered a workshop on mangroves ecosystem to the group of 10 guides and staff members of Iguana Tours. Interesting material that Juan Pablo prepared was accompanied by lively discussion and banter while comparing different mangrove leaves, branches, flowers and fruits that were brought for that purpose. The goal of the workshop was to learn to identify various species of mangroves, but also to talk about the extremely important role mangroves play in the life of our coastal area: as breeding ground for many fishes and amphibians, as filter for the soil brought to the sea by rivers, as buffer against hurricanes, as habitat for many species of animals, and, of course, as one of many natural treasures that attract tourists to our area.

This exercise was just one of many examples of wonderful cooperation Titi Conservation Alliance has with the Iguana Tours. I am sure the next year will bring many more opportunities for mutually beneficial activities.

First Aguirre Environmental Meeting

December 6, 2009

On December 1 Titi Conservation Alliance participated in the First Aguirre Environmental Meeting organized by the Aquirre Municipality’s Environmental Technical Unit.

With the assistance of many businesses, including our members, local environmental organizations and the Municipality, students of local schools and colleges took part in the march from Boca Vieja to the Nahomi Point. At this magnificent location the students presented plays, dances and dramatizations celebrating our fragile environment and precious resources. County officials and professors, among them our own Isaias Orias Medina, talked about the need to take care of our natural heritage. Several information stalls provided brochures and information on what the local organizations like Titi Conservation Alliance and ASOPROQUEPOS do and how everyone can be more environmentally conscientious.

Mostly, everybody had a great time and promised to make even bigger and better celebration next year.

Welcome New Member – Titi Canopy Tour!

November 30, 2009

We are very happy to announce the newest Member of Titi Conservation Alliance, Titi Canopy Tour.

As they come under new management by Vincere Development, Titi Canopy Tour and adjoining Hotel Rancho Casa Grande are eager to give back to the community, and to be a part of conservation efforts for Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Region.

We are excited to have them join Titi Conservation Alliance, and look forward to working closely with them in the coming years!


Giving Titi Thanks

November 25, 2009

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches, it seems natural to begin thinking about those things for which we are most appreciative.

At Titi Conservation Alliance, we are thankful to live in one of the only places on Earth where one can watch the playful titi (squirrel) monkeys bounding through the trees.  What an amazing treat! 

We are also endlessly thankful that this community of Quepos/Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, in which the titis call home, is also home to many caring citizens and businesses.  We give our thanks right now to our fantastic Member businesses that support us each and every month.

With their support, we are able to pay for 100% of our administrative costs.  This means that all other outside donations are directly funding our project areas in environmental education, habitat reforestation, and sustainable development.  This is something that is immensely important to us, as it assures that we are continually staying true to our Mission and purpose – to save the endangered titi monkey by promoting sustainable development and conserving the biodiversity of Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Region.

 And this brings us back to our original reason for “Thanks” this holiday season – the adorable titi monkeys.

As the smallest and most playful primate in Costa Rica; it would be hard not to love these amazing creatures.  And with that love comes much respect; for they are limited in their habitat range, and yet have managed to maintain a small number of survivors (roughly 2,500), despite threats from severe habitat loss and fragmentation. 

It is our mission not only to help them maintain their small numbers, but to help them increase those numbers and remove them from the dangerous list of endangered species.  How lucky we are that we are in a position to help! 

And remember, you too can help at any time…Simply visit our website to make a tax-deductable donation; or contact us via phone or email – (506) 2777-2306;

National Biological Corridor Program

November 19, 2009

Tomorrow, Titi Conservation Alliance representatives will participate in the National Biological Corridor Workshop in San Jose, Costa Rica. 

With participants from various environmental institutions, including MINAET, SINAC, INBio, CATIE, and more; the workshop promises to bring many great minds together for the purpose of creating plans for a network of biological corridors throughout the country that will benefit the biodiversity of all of Costa Rica.

We are honored to be a part of this important project; and are confident that by working together we can create a positive plan for the future of Costa Rica’s immensely diverse and important biodiversity.

Turtle Festival This Weekend

November 16, 2009
Our neighbor to the South in Portalon, Portasol Rainforest & Oceanview Community, is hosting a fantastic sea turtle event this weekend in Matapalo:
We invite you to attend an unforgettable moment for young and old, to witness the release of baby sea turtles.
An event complete with typical Costa Rican foods, drinks, classes, soccer games, surf tournament, karaoke, live music, cultural events, fishing contests, sand sculpture and boxing; the fun will be limitless. 
In addition, you’ll witness the great advances to the waterfront connecting Quepos to Dominical. 
Details on the Sea Turtles: 
The sea turtles measure up to 1.53 meters, with a single pair of pre-frontal scales and four pairs of pleural plaques.  They migrate through open seas, but feeds in shallow waters with submerged vegetation. 
Sea turtles nest in large groups and lay between 100 and 150 eggs at one time.  Incubation takes between 30 and 90 days, but usually is between 45 and 60 days.
Those of us at Titi Conservation Alliance hope you can join us in supporting this beautiful cause, and fabulously fun event!

Online Biodiversity Research Made Easier

November 12, 2009

A new biodiversity reference site has been added to our online world, making research of Costa Rican flora and fauna just a bit easier…

The website, dubbed “Costa Rican Biodiversity Portal” and originally developed by the Global Biodiversity Information Center (GBIC), combines research from numerous data sources in one easy-to-use site.

After visiting the home page of the Portal, it is easy to search the site for information on everything from insects and arachnids; to mammals, birds, fungi, and more.

Click HERE to visit the site…

Titi Hanging Out…and be sure to take a look at the squirrel monkeys’ page!

Monkey Fun at Casa Mono Titi

November 9, 2009

Titi Conservation Alliance Member, It’s My Casa, has two amazing rental properties in the heart of Manuel Antonio – Casa Mono Congo and Casa Mono Titi.

Perfectly named for their location and subsequent frequent visitors and neighbors; both homes are preferred not only by tourists looking for a sustainable retreat, but also by the impressive mono congos (howler monkeys) and adorable mono titis (squirrel monkeys).

It’s My Casa owners were immensely careful in their designs of the homes to create sustainable, unobtrusive locations.  They managed to remove only 2 small shrub trees to build Casa Mono Congo, and built around all other trees and plants.  Then, they provided giant, unique floor-to-ceiling windows that open to the fresh rainforest air; and outdoor balconies and outlets for every bedroom in the house.  By producing both solar and wind power for Casa Mono Congo, It’s My Casa uses excess energy for use in the grid with Casa Mono Titi, thereby working further to make a minimum environmental impact on their surroundings.

In addition, when they first purchased Casa Mono Titi, the forest surrounding the house had been devastatingly cleared.  Immediately, It’s My Casa owners worked to re-plant the area, which now abounds with thriving trees and understory.

The monkeys who first called this area their home would agree — all this hard work to ensure sustainability has paid off…

Titi monkeys love to come play on the porch of their namesake.  This video speaks volumes of their contagiously happy playfulness, and of the importance of helping them keep their forested homes:

Click HERE to watch the video

It’s My Casa owners also dedicate their time and resources to their Costa Rican community by sponsoring five University students, teaching English (for free!) to 1st- through 12th-grade students, and by sponsoring the creation of a local computer lab for the community of Puriscal.

It’s My Casa epitomizes the idea of promoting “sustainable” living by contributing to the environmental, social, and economic betterment of their community; and we are endlessly honored to have their support with Titi Conservation Alliance!

Researching Monkey Bridges

November 2, 2009

Titi Conservation Alliance and Kids Saving the Rainforest Partner to Sponsor a Student Researcher

Titi crossing a monkey bridge

Titi Conservation Alliance recently welcomed the arrival of José Andrés León Pérez, a 22-year-old student from the Technical University, ECAG.  As a part of his studies, Andres was assigned the responsibility of pursuing a research project within the parameters of his hometown.

Having participated with Titi Conservation Alliance in a Reforestation field-trip while growing up in Quepos, and with a particular interest in monkey bridges as an employee of ICE; Andres turned to the Alliance for guidance.  We were honored and excited to have his interest, and subsequently worked to develop a two-month research project on monkey bridges and generator protectors for Aguirre County.  

The goal is to create a proposal for ICE (The Costa Rican Institute for Electricity) to use, identifying key areas in need of bridges to help reduce the number of electrocutions of wildlife, including mono titis.  We are now partnering with Kids Saving the Rainforest to sponsor Andres’ research for school, and implementation proposal to ICE.


Welcome to the Titi Team, Andres!