Mission, Work, and Future

Our work revolves around the diversity of South and Southeast Asia.
We collaborate with on-site researchers and organizations
to achieve our main goal:
global capacity building in aid of the long-tailed macaque.

Our Mission

The Long-Tailed Macaque (LTM) Project is a modern international initiative that strives to provide decision makers with updated and accurate data on the population of long-tailed macaque and therby ensure the conservation of the species.

By researching census and trade surveys, we study the culture and ecology of the long-tailed macaque and elevate public interest in the species. In this way, we share knowledge internationally, build capacity locally, and advance the LTM network humanely.

Our target area is South and Southeast Asia, with particular focus on the common species and subspecies inhabiting Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, and Singapore. 

Our Work

To manifest our vision, we must obtain and publicize the information necessary to hinder the extraction and abuse of long-tailed macaques.

To that end, we
1 – Provide updated estimates of population size and distribution;
2 – Establish local participation and capacity building through the creation through the combination of an international researchers in all target countries;
3 – Compute yearly the number of wild long-tailed macaques extracted and traded;
4 – Disseminate our results actively with international CITES as well as policy makers across Southeast Asia.

Our Future

Established in 2021, The LTM Project is a long-term effort planned for a minimum of three years.

In this initial phase, the project focuses on assessing the population size, distribution and trade numbers of the long-tailed macaque across multiple Southeast Asian habitats. Soon, we aim to describe the men-macaque interfaces from both human and animal perspectives. This way, we seek to minimize interactions negative to either side.

We also plan to investigate the plural behavioral cultures that evolved in different subspecies — particularly those isolated in islands. In this way, network of researchers in the LTM project hopes to ensure the continued support for the long-tailed macaque for years to come.