Activities

The LTM project collaborates with and supports several projects in South and South East Asia. See our current and upcoming activities below.

Activities

Updated 25 April 2022

General
The amazing Anne Friis Lunding has created a new SoMe design guide for us and the fantastic photographer Neil Challis has been in the field photographing and filming the long-tailed macaque in Thailand. The guide combined with footage from Neil has really improved our SoMe efforts.

The board met on the 19th April to discuss our current focus and evaluate. It was a fruitful meeting and we are keeping our course and focusing on collecting all the information we need to effectively collaborate on conserving the long-tailed macaque. The board meets every 3rd month.

We held a successful workshop on the 25th February with 65+ attendees. Here habitat-country researchers provided updates on their research and the curent status of research on the long-tailed macaque in their country. We also discussed the activities going forward, which include a survey on the cultural behaviours of macaques by the MACS team, an internal survey of practical non-invasive coexistence techniques, and a list of which population census methods to employ where.

Vietnam
Mr. Bang Van Tran from the Southern Institute of Ecology in Vietnam has begun his large survey of the long-tailed macaque in Vietnam, documenting the population size and distribution through collecting existing data from local organisations and governments and by visiting sites to collect data himself. He will also be investigating the perceptions of local stakeholders towards the long-tailed macaque. All to better protect and manage the species.

Indonesia and Malaysia
We succesfully gained funding from QATO – a Danish animal welfare funding agency – for two projects; one in Indonesia with Kurnia Ilham, Andalas University on mitigating crop foraging by long-tailed macaques, and one in Malaysia with Animal Neighbours Project on mitigating negative human-macaque interactions in urban areas. Both projects focus on fostering coexistence by collaborating with local people. Our Administrator Nadja Ramseyer will join both projects and collaborate on creating awareness materials and campaigns.

Updated 17 March 2022

General:
We recently contributed to the IUCN Red List conservation status assessment of the species (Macaca fascicularis) and the nine sub species (M. f. condorensis, M. f. lasiae, M. f. fusca, M. f. umbrosa, M. f. tua, M. f. karimondjawae, M. f. fascicularis, M. f. aurea, M. f. atriceps). We are currently awaiting approval from IUCN.

Our volunteers are working very hard and we could not function without them. They are making distribution maps, content for our social media and giving talks and writing news pieces for the project.

Bangladesh:
Over the past six months, Tanvir Ahmed and his team from NACOM has conducted a a population census survey of the long-tailed macaque in Bangladesh. Sadly no individuals where found, and the species is now considered extinct in the country. Tanvir and his team are working on publishing the results.

Vietnam:
In January 2022, a rapid assessment, lead by Harold Browning, Thanh Nguyen and Thu Huong Trinh from Animals Asia, Dr. Le Khac Quyet from Flora and Fauna International and Mr. Bang Tran, Southern University of Ecology, helped map the distribution of the long-tailed macaque in Vietnam and provided further information for areas to census. Mr. Bang Tran will lead a more detailed survey, see below.

Malaysia:
At the Animal Neighbours Project, Malaysia, Ashwiini Paranjhoti, recently began working on improving the relationship between humans and monkeys in shared urban spaces.

Lao PDR:
Dr. Phaivanh Phiapalath just reinitiated fieldwork, trying to locate the last long-tailed macaques of the country. It seems he has already discovered some, which we are very happy about.

The Philippines:
Emerson Sy, TRAFFIC Southeast Asia is leading a one-year trade survey.

Cambodia:
Conservation International Cambodia just hired a new consultant who will be in charge of producing a current distribution map of long-tailed macaques in Cambodia, as well as an estimation of the population size derived from both existing material as well as census surveys conducted by the consultant.

Please get in touch if you have ideas for and/or want to get involved!

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