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Ecology and social behavior of bonnet macaques (Project in operation since 1997)
Director: Dr. G. Agoramoorthy
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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