Abstract # 4667 Event # 99:

Scheduled for Friday, June 21, 2013 08:45 AM-09:45 AM: Session 10 (San Geronimo Ballroom B) Keynote Address


PROYECTO TITI: DEVELOPING EFFECTIVE CONSERVATION STRATEGIES TO PROTECT THE CRITICALLY ENDANGERED COTTON-TOP TAMARIN (SAGUINUS OEDIPUS) IN COLOMBIA.

A. Savage
Conservation Department, Disney's Animal Programs, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA
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     Cotton-top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus) are a critically endangered primate found only in the country of Colombia. Proyecto Tití has been working to conserve this species in its native habitat through a multidisciplinary approach to conservation. By incorporating scientific studies, public education, and economic alternatives to habitat destruction, significant advances have been made to assist in the long-term conservation of cotton-top tamarins. Our scientific research efforts focus on how cotton-top tamarins are coping with a decreasing amount of forest habitat, and how their population continues to be impacted by human disturbances in the region. However, significant progress has been made in engaging local communities in protecting cotton-tops through education programs, community awareness initiatives, and Titi Ventures; our sustainable development program, that provide opportunities for local communities to gain tangible economic benefits by supporting cotton-top tamarin conservation efforts. With the recent announcement of the first protected area for cotton-top tamarins in northern Colombia, combined with the increased national and international attention for this charismatic species, and the continued engagement of communities to protect forests, suggests that cotton-top tamarins will continue to have a future in the wild.