Monkeys on the Edge: Ecology and Management of Long-Tailed Macaques and their Interface with Humans

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Overview

Long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) have a wide geographical distribution and extensively overlap with human societies across southeast Asia, regularly utilizing the edges of secondary forest and inhabiting numerous anthropogenic environments, including temple grounds, cities and farmlands. Yet despite their apparent ubiquity across the region, there are striking gaps in our understanding of long-tailed macaque population ecology. This timely volume, a key resource for primatologists, anthropologists and conservationists, underlines the urgent need for comprehensive population studies on common macaques. Providing the first detailed look at research on this underexplored species, it unveils what is currently known about the population of M. fascicularis, explores the contexts and consequences of human-macaque sympatry and discusses the innovative programs being initiated to resolve human-macaque conflict across Asia. Spread throughout the book are boxed case studies that supplement the chapters and give a valuable insight into specific field studies on wild M. fascicularis populations.

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"Fifty diverse contributors provide coverage in five major sections... a potentially valuable resource for a specialized audience."
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Meet the Author

Michael D. Gumert is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Psychology at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, where he leads a field program investigating the behavioral biology and ecology of Macaca fascicularis in Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand. Recent research focuses on practical issues facing long-tailed macaque populations and he has organized international experts in a cooperative group to better understand the conservation and management needs of long-tailed macaques.

Agustín Fuentes is Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts at the University of Notre Dame. His current research projects include assessing behavior, ecology and pathogen transmission in human-monkey interactions in Southeast Asia and Gibraltar and examining the roles of cooperation, social negotiation and niche construction in primate and human evolution.

Lisa Jones-Engel is a Senior Research Scientist at the Washington National Primate Research Center, University of Washington. Her current research focuses on cross-species infectious agent transmission and she coordinates several multidisciplinary research projects in Asia, funded by NIH, which focus on the role synanthropic macaques play in disease transmission.

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Table of Contents

Foreword David Quamman; Preface; Acknowledgements; Part I. The Status and Distribution of Long-Tailed Macaques: 1. The common monkey of southeast Asia: long-tailed macaque populations, ethnophoresy, and their occurrence in human environments Michael D. Gumert; Box 1.1. The long-tailed macaques of Karimunjawa (Macaca fascicularis karimondjiwae): a small and isolated subspecies threatened by human-macaque conflict Nur Afendi, Devis Rachmawan and Michael D. Gumert; Box 1.2. Trade in long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) Kaitlyn-Elizabeth Foley and Chris R. Shepherd; 2. Distribution and current status of long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis aurea) in Myanmar Aye Mi San and Yuzuru Hamada; Box 2.1. Preliminary survey of the long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) on Java, Indonesia: distribution and human-primate conflict Randall C. Kyes, Entang Iskandar and Joko Pamungkas; 3. Distribution and present status of long-tailed macaques (Macaca fascicularis) in Laos and their ecological relationship with rhesus macaques (M. mulatta) Yuzuru Hamada, Hiroyuki Kurita, Shunji Goto, Yoshiki Morimitsu, Suchinda Malaivijitnond, Sitideth Pathonton, Bounnam Pathontone, Phouthone Kingsada, Chanda Vongsombath, Fong Samouth and Bounthob Praxaysombath; Box 3.1. A possible decline in populations of the long-tailed macaque (Macaca fascicularis) in northeastern Cambodia Benjamin P. Y.-H. Lee; Part II. The Human-Macaque Interface: 4. Campus monkeys of University Kebangsaan Malaysia: nuisance problems and students' perceptions Badrul Munir Md-Zain, Mohamed Reza Tarmizi and Mastura Mohd Zaki; 5. Human impact on long-tailed macaques in Thailand Suchinda Malaivijitnond, Yolanda Vazquez and Yuzuru Hamada; 6. Macaque behavior at the human-monkey interface: the activity and demography of semi-free ranging Macaca fascicularis at Padangtegal, Bali, Indonesia Agustín Fuentes; Box 6.1. Recent demographic and behavioral data of Macaca fascicularis at Padangtegal, Bali, Indonesia F. Brotcorne, I. N. Wandia, A. L. T. Rompis, I. G. Soma, I. N. Suartha and M. C. Hunyen; 7. The role of M. fascicularis in infectious agent transmission Gregory Engel and Lisa Jones-Engel; Part III. Ethnophoresy of Long-Tailed Macaques: 8. Macaca fascicularis in Mauritius: implications for macaque-human interactions and for future research on long-tailed macaques Robert Sussman, Christopher A. Shaffer and Lisa Guidi; 9. Macaca fascicularis in Mauritius: a pest funding conservation projects Nada Padayatchy; 10. Ethnophoresy: the exotic macaques on Ngeaur Island, Republic of Palua Bruce P. Wheatley; Part IV. Comparisons with Rhesus Macaques: 11. India's rhesus populations: protectionism vs. conservation management Charles Southwick and M. Farooq Siddiqi; Box 11.1. Managing human-macaque conflict in Himachal, India Sandeep Rattan; Part V. Understanding and Managing the Human-Macaque Interface: 12. Developing sustainable human-macaque communities Lisa Jones-Engel, Gregory Engel, Michael D. Gumert and Agustín Fuentes; Box 12.1. Management of macaque nuisance in Hong Kong Chung-Tong Shek; Box 12.2. Lessons and challenges in the management of long-tailed macaques in urban Singapore Benjamin P. Y.-H. Lee and Sharon Chan; 13. Future directions for research and conservation of long-tailed macaque populations Michael D. Gumert, Agustín Fuentes, Gregory Engel and Lisa Jones-Engel; Index.

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