The Thai Monkey Forest at Don Chao Poo, Amphur Phana, Amnat Charoen Province recently hosted a brief study tour that marks the opening of the Phana Macaque Project to the outside world.
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The study tour was one of several that took place following the International Symposium “Biodiversity and ecology of wildlife in Thailand” hosted jointly by the Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University, Japan. Dr Suchinda Malaivijitnond, Director of the Primate Research Unit at Chulalongkorn University and Dr Yuzuru Hamada of Kyoto University led the group of Japanese students to Phana to study long-tailed macaques and Thai culture.
In Phana, the group were the guests of Tetsaban Phana (Phana Municipality) who arranged the cultural experiences which included a traditional Isan welcoming party (Baci), offering to monks on their morning alms round, visiting Wat Phra Lao, a weaving co-operative and the Traditional Medicine Centre.