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S.M. Govindasamy Nayakkar Memorial Foundation (Established 1996)
Director: Dr. G. Agoramoorthy
Mission: The S.M. Govindasamy Nayakkar Memorial Foundation is dedicated to the conservation of fauna and flora of India and elsewhere. Currently the foundation encourages field research to conduct population studies of south Indian primate species such as the bonnet macaque (Macaca radiata), lion-tail macaque (Macaca silenus), Hanuman langur (Semnopithecus entellus) and Nilgiri langur (Trachypithecus johnii) in protected and unprotected forest areas. The foundation's director also conducts field research on the ecology and behavior of non-human primates in various south East Asian countries. In India, the foundation educates local people and school children about the importance of wildlife conservation and habitat preservation, especially in the forest areas of south India.
Principal Research Programs: 1. Population surveys of primates in urban areas, villages and forests in Tamilnadu State, south India. 2. Ecology and social behavior of wild bonnet macaques in south India. 3. Population status and social behavior of wild proboscis monkeys in Borneo. 4. Rehabilitation and reintroduction of non-human primates in Southeast Asia. 5. Demography, social behavior and feeding ecology of wild Formosan macaques in Taiwan. 6. Systematic zoo assessments to upgrade non-human primate welfare in South East Asia.
Training Opportunities: Educational opportunities available for college and university students from India and other foreign countries. Fieldwork available for overseas volunteers and students. Program emphasis: Social behavior, ecology, demography, and conservation of non-human primates. Field Study sites: India, Borneo, Sumatra, Argentina, and Taiwan.
Number of Staff: 6
Last Updated: 2009-05-22
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