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Comparative socio-ecological research of rhesus macaques in Bangladesh

Report:JAMAN Mohammad Firoj

Date:0019/09/04 - 0019/10/29

I traveled in Bangladesh for data collection on rhesus macaques for part of my doctoral course. It was an excellent opportunity to study free-ranging rhesus monkeys in my home country. I did observations on two free ranging rhesus groups, one living in the urban area (Shadhona population) located in Dhaka City and another one group living near a village (Bormi population), located in the Shripur, Gazipur District. The aim of this field trip was to collect baseline data on behavioral activity budgets and the feeding ecology of the species in terms of age-sex class differences and seasonality in rhesus macaques in that geographical region. I observed 25 days for the Shadhona population and 26 days for the Bormi population to collect behavioral and ecological data on rhesus macaques in two separate environment and locations. I collected 2,240 10 min. focal samples sessions, including over 373. 33 hours of focal data, video records and pictures of the monkeys and their habitats. To get advice and comments I made a discussion session about my research with my colleagues and other researchers in the Department of Zoology, University of Dhaka on 27 Oct, 2007. I left Dhaka, Bangladesh on 28 Oct, and arrived in Japan on 29 Oct. 2007.

Observing urban monkeys (Shadhona population) on the roof by Jaman (Photo by Mr. Forhad)

Observing feeding behavior on the roof of Shadhona population (Photo by Mr. Forhad)

Urban population foraging in the garden (Photo by Mr. Debasis)

Village rhesus (Bormi population) foraging in the fig tree during fruit season (Photo by Jaman)

Village rhesus (Bormi population) feeding bamboo leaf (Photo by Jaman)

Village rhesus group (Bormi population) foraging in the farmland (Photo by Jaman)

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