FOUNDATION FOR RESEARCH AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT(FRSD) (Established 1989)
Web Site: http://www.frsd.webs.com
Director: S.P. ANANDAN
RH 239 ELLIS NAGAR, MADURAI 625010, TAMILNADU, INDIA, MADURAI, TAMILNADU 625010 INDIA
Department: CONSERVATION WING
Mission: FRSD's mission is to influence and encourage conservation of the diversity of nature and inspire our next generation with a love of wildlife and commitment to conservation. As a Conservation Organization, FRSD is a Member in the Commission on Ecosystem Management,IUCN, Mountain Forum and the International Primatological Society.
Clientele: Rural and indigenous communities in the Western Ghats Mountain (one of the global biodiversity hot spots in the world) India.
Principal Research Programs: 1. A project titled" CONSERVATION OF PRIMATES: SLENDER LORIS THROUGH AWARENESS EDUCATION IN THE WESTERN GHATS MOUNTAINS, TAMILNADU, INDIA" was implemented in 2009 with the support of Crowder-Messersmith Awards (Audubon Naturalist Society)
2. Biological Surveys (on slender loris) conducted in Ayyalur forest range, Dindigul district of Tamilnadu on behalf of the Forest Department, Government of Tamilnadu.
3. Biological Surveys (on slender loris) conducted in Megamalai forest range, Theni District.
4. Recommended setting up of a Sanctuary for Slender loris (L.tardigradus) in Ayyalur and Megamalai Forest Ranges, Tamilnadu to the Chief Conservator of Forests after surveys.
5. Continuing our efforts to map potential distribution of Slender loris in Tamilnadu with the help of indigenous communities and conservationists.
Training Opportunities: We have conducted Environmental Education programs in -
1. Schools near dry deciduous forests - natural habitats of slender loris
2. Indigenous communities (tribes) - for community conservation efforts.
3. Forest Department,Tamilnadu - for initiating steps for establishing a sanctuary in Ayyalur and Megamalai forest ranges.
Financial Aid: We manage our programs with our own funds now.
Number of Staff: 12
Associated Field Sites: 1. AYYALUR Forest Range, Dindigul District, Tamilnadu, India
2. MEGAMALAI Forest Range, Theni District, Tamilnadu, India.
3. KARANTHAMALAI Hills, Sirumalai Forest Range, Dindigul District, Tamilnadu, India.
Contact Person: Mr. S.P. ANANDAN, Director, Foundation for Research and Sustainable Development, FRSD, Madurai, Tamilnadu, India.
Field studies were carried out by me in all the above forest ranges during 2008-2009.
Supported Species: Loris lydekkerianus malabaricus (Malabar slender loris), Macaca silenus (lion-tailed macaque), Trachypithecus johnii (Nilgiri langur)
Comments: Survival of the primate is endangered because of the local people’s superstitious beliefs. Slender loris are hunted for centuries in our region for its purported qualities as an aphrodisiac, asthma cure and as a kind of living voodoo doll, the tiny primate known as the Slender Loris has long faced a threat to survive.
The main threat comes from rural people living in buffer zones of forests. Rural people’s encroachment of human activity onto the patches of dry deciduous forests for commercial purposes, in the name of spiritual remedies is unnoticed. Its skin and toe nails are dried and worn as a charm around the neck by indigenous tribal people. Our Foundation created awareness among these forest dwellers and other indigenous people to stop killing these primates. We have educated them on the wrong belief that slender loris cures asthma and advised them to spare their lives in their natural habitats.
I wish to continue my struggle in conserving these endangered prosimians. Need support.
Last Updated: 2013-04-20
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