Research

Our research spans diverse habitats across South and Southeast Asia and we collaborate with on-site researchers, organizations, and other partner groups

The Long-Tailed Macaque (LTM) Project is a new international initiative and collaboration whose mission is to provide decision makers internationally, regionally and nationally with updated scientific data on the population status of the long-tailed macaque through census and trade surveys to ensure the conservation of the species. Through the project, we also wish to create the basis for fascination and interest in the long-tailed macaque through research into the culture and ecology of the species, knowledge sharing internationally, local capacity building and the creation of an international LTM network. Our target geographical area is South and Southeast Asia with a focus on the common species and subspecies inhabiting countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, Laos, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, and Singapore. 

Our objectives are to provide the information necessary to change the current extraction and treatment of long-tailed macaques by 1) providing contemporary population size and distribution estimates 2) ensuring local participation and capacity building through the creation of an international team consisting of researchers in long-tailed macaque range countries 3) providing an estimate of the yearly wild long-tailed macaque extraction numbers and 4) engaging actively in communication with policy makers across Southeast Asia and CITES officials nationally and internationally and disseminating the results widely.

The LTM Project is a long-term effort that was established in Spring 2021 and is expected to last for at least three years. In the first few years, the project will focus on assessing the population size, distribution and trade numbers of the long-tailed macaque in diverse Southeast Asian habitats. Later on, we aim to better understand human-macaque interfaces from both perspectives, and hopefully be of help in mitigating potential conflicts. We also plan to investigate the different behavioral cultures that have evolved in the different LTM subspecies – particularly very isolated island subspecies. The long-tailed macaque network of researchers, created through these initiatives, will hopefully ensure the continued support for the long-tailed macaque for years to come.

Follow the project on our ResearchGate site for updates!

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