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Don Chao Poo Forest Research Centre (1 January 2012 ongoing)
Field Study in Asia
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Location of Site: THAILAND, Amphur Phana, Amnat Charoen Province

Director: Lawrence Whiting
Phone: +6645463419   E-Mail:
87 Moo 8, Aupachit Road, Tambon Phana, Amphur Phana, Amnat Charoen Province 37180 THAILAND
Institution: Phana Macaque Project

Sponsoring Institution(s): Phana Macaque Project

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.

The population of long-tailed macaques in Don Chao Poo Forest will also make an interesting study in terms of behaviour and preliminary work has been carried out to establish an activity time-budget.

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.

Phana Macaque Project has advisory support from Dr Suchinda Malaivijitnond (Director, Primate Research Unit, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand) Dr Joah Madden, (Animal Behaviour Group, Pyschology Department, Exeter University, UK) and Dr Visit Arsaithamakul (Veterinary Surgeon at Kao Kiew Park Zoo, Chonburi, Thailand).

Species Studied: Macaca fascicularis (long-tailed macaque)

Publications: Monkeys on the Edge, ed. Michael D Gumert et al, CUP 2011;
Current Situation and Status of Long-tailed Macaques (Macaca fascicularis) in Thailand SUCHINDA MALAIVIJITNOND, YUZURU HAMADA, 2008
Female long-tailed macaques with scrotum-like structure, Suchinda Malaivijitnond, Yuzuru Hamada, Bambang Suryobroto, Osamu Takenaka
Journal: American Journal of Primatology - AMER J PRIMATOL , vol. 69, no. 7, pp. 721-735, 2007
Preliminary Report on the Distribution and Status of Macaques in Thailand Yuzuru HAMADA, Hideyuki OHSAWA, Nontakorn URASOPON, Suchinda MALAIVIJITNOND
Journal: Primate Research , vol. 20, no. 2, pp. 97-108, 2004

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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