Abstract # 33:

Scheduled for Saturday, August 26, 2017 06:00 PM-08:00 PM: (National Ballroom AB) Poster Presentation


POPULATION STATUS OF THE LONG-TAILED MACAQUES (MACACA FASCICULARIS) AT KOSUMPEE FOREST PARK, MAHA SARAKHAM, THAILAND

R. C. Kyes1,5, T. Tanee2,4, P. Thamsenanupap2, A. Karaket3, E. Iskandar6 and P. Kyes5,6
1Depts. of Psychology & Global Health, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195-1525, USA, 2Faculty of Environment & Resource Studies, Mahasarakham University, Thailand, 3Kosumpee Forest Park, Thailand, 4Genetics and Environmental Toxicology Group, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand, 5Center for Global Field Study and Washington National Primate Research Center, University of Washington, 6Primate Research Center, Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia
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In many parts of the world, habitat loss and urbanization are resulting in increased interaction and conflict between human and nonhuman primates. As part of a larger study addressing human-primate conflict and coexistence in Thailand, we conducted an assessment of the long-tailed macaques at Kosumpee Forest Park (KFP) in Northeast Thailand, a site of increasing human-primate conflict. Although there have been previous studies at KFP, detailed assessment of the macaque population has been limited. Here we report on the population status of the macaques at KFP. A population survey and behavioral observations were conducted over a three-month period (18Sept–23Dec 2016). Traditional methods to estimate population size were not possible given the high population density, diffuse group cohesion, and extensive home range overlap. We created a detailed photographic directory of individuals to assist with group member identification and confirmation of groups. Five groups were confirmed. Average group sizes ranged from 66 to 217 individuals. Total population size was estimated at 734 monkeys. Given the size of KFP (0.2km2), this translates to a population density of 3,670 individuals/km2. Local people complained of the increasing number of monkeys and conflict. A comprehensive research approach is essential to identify the most appropriate management strategies across human, primate, and environmental domains for a sustainable, healthy coexistence. Assistance & Support: NRCT; MSU Development Fund; OneEarthInstitute; ORIP-NIH Grant No. P51OD010425 to WaNPRC.