Saving the Titi Monkey
What threatens the Titi Monkey?
Visiting Costa Rica you will come to see that there are four different types of Monkeys, the lengthy Spider Monkey, the Howler, the Capuchin Monkey, and of course the smallest but cutest Titi Monkey. Each has outstanding traits and unique features, but one trait that has haunted our little friend the Titi monkey since 1996 is that it is Endangered. The area you find these monkeys also called the grey-crowned squirrel monkey is all along the Central Pacific, when you visit Manuel Antonio area you will be able to spot them in the trees.
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There are all kinds of things that have contributed to the little monkey’s predicament. Mainly though the problem lies in habitat loss. Ever since the start of the thriving banana industry in the 1930s, the Titis habitat has exponentially decreased. Once beautiful forested areas have been transformed into farmland. This deforestation has brought the population down to very small numbers, estimates in 1983 of over 200 000 have been brought down to 4000 individuals of the total species in Costa Rica. Some even say they have come down as far as only 2000 individuals of the Titi monkey.
Other things threated them as well, herbicides, pesticides, and the illegal pet trade.
How are we helping?
In 2001 the Titi Conservation Alliance was created by a group of business owners in the Ecotourism industry. This organization helps out the Titis by helping tourists get to know what the problems are that the little monkeys face and how we can help out. They have reforested over 77000 native trees back to mainly private property areas but with a 95% success rate. This truly helps out the monkeys because it is a start to bringing their habitats back. The best way to help out is to educate the public about these beautiful creatures. All of this wonderful effort doesn’t just help out one species of monkeys but thousands of other animal species as well. Check out the other species of Monkey in Costa Rica
So the next time you come to Costa Rica, think about how you can help, possibly with donations, volunteering for appropriate organizations, or even just by helping others to know about the growing issues that animals like the Titi monkey face every day.
Costa Rica is a place that drives ahead conservation and innovation for helping keep the earth alive. When is the next time you are visiting Costa Rica? Perhaps we can help you find your own piece of paradise while you are traveling.