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Ecology and social behavior of bonnet macaques (Project in operation since 1997)
Field Study in Asia
Location of Site: INDIA, Tamilnadu State

Director: Dr. G. Agoramoorthy
Phone: 91-4364-70695   Fax: 91-4364-22050   E-Mail:
4 Thittai Road, Thenpathy Post, Nagai District, Thenpathy 609111, Tamilnadu State 609111
Department: India
Institution: S.M. Govindasamy Nayakkar Memorial Foundation

Sponsoring Institution(s): S.M. Govindasamy Nayakkar Memorial foundation, India

Research Objectives: (i) to monitor the population status of wild bonnet macaques, Macaca radiata, throughout the state of Tamilnadu, India, (ii) to conduct studies on the social behavior of bonnet macaques, (iii) to collect ecological data on bonnet macaques living under different types of forest habitats such as the dry evergreen forest, evergreen forest, and agricultural areas, and villages (iv) to develop conservation and management plans for the bonnet macaques in Tamilnadu State, India.

Field Positions and Volunteers: Local and overseas volunteer research assistants are welcome to work in the long-term project during anytime of the year to learn about primate field research. Accomodations are available at the field station. Students can also do their own short-term field research projects. Students and volunteers can learn about primate social behavior, ecological fieldwork and census techniques.

Species Studied: Macaca radiata (bonnet macaque)

Other Species at Site: Loris tardigradus (slender loris), Macaca silenus (lion-tailed macaque), Semnopithecus entellus (Hanuman langur), Trachypithecus johnii (Nilgiri langur)

Last Updated: 2007-02-27

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