28 October 2014
During the rainy season we always notice changes in the daily routine that monkeys have more or less established during the long dry months. In particular, there seem to be fewer monkeys in the forest. We try to track them down but this is not easy because of the problem of identification. But we feel that we need to know more about the home range of each of the four troops and we are currently trying to gather more data on the movements of monkeys through the day as well as noting where they are roosting at night. We have done this, or some of it, before, of course, but the monkeys are less creatures of habit than they sometimes appear to be. Roosting places seem to have shifted a little, and we are getting more reports of monkeys outside the forest.
So over the next few days, weeks and months, we will be reporting here on our activities as well as the monkeys.
30 October 2014
Identifying long-tailed macaques can be very hard, no matter how often you may see them. But being able to recognize individuals is a great help in understanding the extent of their home range, for instance. So we are constantly on the lookout for more additions to our “rogues gallery” — although of course none of those you will see below are actually rogues!
Here are a few recent additions:
It is always good to see school visits to Don Chao Poo Forest. This morning the whole of the primary school at Kut Khao Poon in Ubon Ratchathani Province came along to look at the monkeys. At the time we were busy providing the monkeys with water and sweeping the main feeding areas, but we did manage to take a few pictures of the visit with Chris Love’s phone.