HOPE report


Community ecology of primates in Danum Valley Conservation Area

Report:HANYA, Goro

Date:2007/12/18 - 2008/01/02

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. I started to observe other primates in May 2007. This time, I followed red leaf monkeys for 9 hours in one day and pig-tailed macaques for 4 hours in two days. 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. It was important that I could collect data of pig-tailed macaques, although observation was not so long, as observation time of this species for the past one year was less than 10 hours. I visited Sabah State Economy Planning Unit in Kota Kinabalu to receive documents necessary for visa renewal. I applied visa renewal at the immigration office at Kota Kinabalu and the application has been approved.

Elephants observed out of the Danum Valley Conservation Area

Long-tailed macaque observed in the suburbs of Kota Kinabalu

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