Abstract # 32:

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


PRELIMINARY OBSERVATIONS OF A PREVIOUSLY UNREPORTED POPULATION OF RHESUS MACAQUES (MACACA MULATTA) IN CHIANG RAI PROVINCE, THAILAND

P. Kyes1, P. Thamsenanupap2, T. Tanee2,4, A. Intralawan3 and R. C. Kyes1
1University of Washington , Washington National Primate Research Center & Center for Global Field Study, Depts. of Psychology & Global Health, Seattle, WA 98195, USA, 2Faculty of Environment & Resource Studies, Mahasarakham University, Thailand, 3School of Management, Mae Fah Luang University, Thailand, 4Genetics and Environmental Toxicology Group. Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand
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     Assessing the distribution and status of nonhuman primate populations are essential for effective conservation and management of the species. In Thailand, pioneering work by Aggimarangsee (1992) and Malaivijitnond & colleagues (2002, 2005) has provided important data on macaque distribution throughout the country. Here we add to the growing database with a summary of a previously unreported population of rhesus macaques located at Wat Phrabuddhabat Pa Reau in Chiang Rai Province. This work is part of an on-going study addressing human-primate conflict and coexistence in Thailand. The Wat covers an area of about 53ha and consists of forest and pond surrounded by agricultural fields. The macaques receive some provisioning by Wat staff and local people. We conducted observations of the macaques and interviews of the monks, Wat staff, and local people during 20-21Nov2015 and 22-23Jul2016. Those interviewed (n=12) reported population sizes between 100-2000 monkeys and 1-4 groups. All individuals reported crop raiding. Based on our observations, we identified at least two groups with group sizes of 55 and 44 monkeys. We also observed active crop raiding. All those interviewed expressed growing concern over an “increasing” monkey population and need for more effective population management. We plan to conduct a more intensive survey of this population, including health assessment and genetic analysis, later this year. Assistance/Support: NRCT; MSU Development Fund; OneEarthInstitute; ORIP-NIH Grant No. P51OD010425 to WaNPRC.