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Director: Lawrence Whiting
Research Objectives: Initially, we need to break down the population of Macaca fascicularis (long-tailed macaque) by group size, gender and age and to establish the rate of population growth. We also want to monitor and evaluate the human provisioning of the macaque population and the inter-group aggression that arises from this provisioning. It is likely that it will be necessary to carry out a contraceptive programme in order that the population can continue to reside in the forest on the outskirts of the village rather than forage for food in the village itself. There is evidence of some genetic deterioration as a result of the isolation of the troop. Some crop-raiding is being reported and this too will need to be investigated and quantified.
Field Positions and Volunteers: Student placements and volunteers will be most welcome to help us further the project. Interest need not be confined to the objectives listed above.
Species Studied: Macaca fascicularis (long-tailed macaque)
Publications: Monkeys on the Edge, ed. Michael D Gumert et al, CUP 2011;
Comments: The aims of the Phana Macaque Project are to promote the safety and well-being of the Macaca fascicularis (long-tailed macaque)population of Phana; to promote the Don Chao Poo Forest as a research site and educational resource; to initiate on-going research and to provide research opportunities for teams and individuals; to produce and provide educational materials and opportunities for students; to make and promote recommendations for the maintenance of the forest habitat, the orderly development of tourist and school visits, and the monitoring and control of visitors and provisioning of the monkeys.
Last Updated: 2012-03-31
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