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Proyecto Titi

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Cotton-top Tamarin (Saguinus oedipus)
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Saving cotton-tops, training future conservationists
The cotton top tamarin is one of the most endangered primates in the world, with as few as 1000 left in the wild. It is only found in the tropical forests of north west Columbia. In this area, 98% of original forest cover has been lost in the last 7 years. The biggest threat to these animals is deforestation and capture for the pet trade.

Proyecto Titi works in an area called Santa Catalina Forest, which is home to more than 412 types of plant, and over 175 different types of animals, including anteaters, sloths, margay, ocelots, bats, and red howler monkeys.

When communities have a stable source of income, which they can use to feed and care for their families, they are more inclined to protect the environment. In order to engage local Columbian communities in actions that positively impact the environment and protect habitat for cotton top tamarins, Proyecto Titi have created several programmes that give people economic incentives, alongside educational programmes.

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Education & Training

Education plays a major part in the charity efforts, with a focus on providing learning resources, “Cartitilla”, for city and rural schools, as well as running conservation-themed clubs and activities. These encourage children who are interested in nature to learn more, and to protect it. Adult programmes also run teacher training, present environmental talks/videos to share with local communities, and train local enforcement officers to help protect cotton top tamarins from illegal poaching.

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Community Empowerment

Our project encourages local villagers to trade in their ‘sling shots’, used to hunt tamarins for the pet trade, in exchange for making stuffed tamarin toys. This helps conserve tamarins, as well as help reduce poverty in this area. We sell these products in our gift shop.

The charity also runs a project called ‘Eco-Mochila’, which is a programme that generates employment as well as cleans up the environment. More than 300 women have been trained to crotchet used carrier/plastic bags into something that can be sold (ecomochillas), and so far have recycled more than 1.5 million bags. These women have become leaders in their community and are excellent ambassadors for the charity.

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Research & More

Other projects within the charity include research (through radio telemetry, and capture and release techniques), restoring and protecting areas of the forest, and promoting clay bindes (small stoves made from termite mounds), which reduce the amount of firewood required by cooking over traditional open fires and thus reducing deforestation.

cotton topped tamarin Lisa Alexander

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