Community ecology of primates in Danum Valley Conservation Area
Date:2007/07/12 - 2007/07/20
I have conducted my project on the community ecology of five species of diurnal primates in Danum Valley Conservation Area since September 2006. My Malaysian assistants continue collecting data sampling while I am not at the study site. Since the beginning of the project, I have conducted primate census, orangutan nest census and fallen fruit census along a trail of 9. 9 km in length. Since December 2006, I have conducted behavioral observation of one group of red leaf monkeys. Every 10 minutes, I recorded the activity (feeding, moving, grooming and resting), the height of the animal and the height of the tree where animals are staying for all the visible individuals. When they are eating, I collected food samples and identified species. I also collected data on orangutans by direct observations. Fruits were abundant during my stay, and I observe red leaf monkeys and orangutans spend long time feeding on fruits and seeds.