Protecting the Cotton-Top Tamarind

Protecting the Cotton-Top Tamarind

Proyecto Tití is a multi-disciplinary on-site conservation program dedicated to conserving the critically endangered cotton-top tamarin in Colombia.

Objective

One of the most endangered primates in the world, the cotton-top tamarin was declared endangered in 1973 following the exportation of 20,000-40,000 tamarins to the United States for use in biomedical research. Today, the greatest threat to the survival of the cotton-top tamarin is deforestation for agriculture, fuel, and housing, in addition to collection for the local pet trade in Colombia.

Impact

TreadRight is partnering with Proyecto Tití as the organizations prepares for its expansion of the its forest reserve for cotton-top tamarins, providing support for reforestation, conservation, water delivery, and the installation of solar panels. In addition, Contiki guests can look forward to experiencing this project in person on select Colombia itineraries.