Primate Conservation Inc.’s mission is to provide support for projects that study and protect the least-known and most endangered primates in their natural habitats. In this year’s update we are proud to present three reports: a study of a new species of gibbon described in 2010; information about a new protected area in India, established after a detailed study that PCI helped support; and the results of a long-term study of one of the world’s 25 most endangered primates.Our Board of Directors is proud to announce that the comprehensive All The World’s Primates Website (alltheworldsprimates.org) is open to everyone who makes a donation to PCI. Join us to learn about all the species and subspecies of primates, including the recently discovered new species. Join to see maps of their ranges, over 3,000 photos, and video and audio of more than 100 taxa. Your support is needed now more than ever, because the effects of global warming on habitats and people are beginning to have major effects. If we do not study and protect these little-known primates now, they may well be gone in 10 or 20 years.
News from the Field
Jackson Frechette and Kathryn Sieving
The effects of crested gibbon (Nomascus annamensis) seed dispersal patterns on tree regeneration. Funded in May 2011 Since June, I [Jackson] have been working on my dissertation project, “The effects of crested gibbon (Nomascus annamensis) seed dispersal patterns on tree regeneration,” in the Veun Sai–Siem Pang Conservation Area, 55,000 ha managed by Conservation International and the Cambodian Forestry Administration in a remote part of northeastern Cambodia. I have been working with local ethnic minority researchers and one American volunteer (who hopes to go to graduate school) to understand the importance of northern buffed-cheek crested gibbons to trees. This is a new gibbon species that was described in 2010 using acoustic and genetic data. I am looking at seed dispersal patterns of these gibbons and how those patterns may be important for trees to regenerate. To do this, I quantified the gibbon seed dispersal pattern by mapping where every seed of a particular tree (Microcos paniculata) was defecated. Then, using that pattern, I planted 9,000 seeds of that tree, mimicking the gibbon pattern, a bird dispersal pattern (which I quantified as well), and a pattern where all the seeds just fall beneath the fruiting trees. The purpose of this is to test if there is a difference in seed germination between these dispersal patterns. This research explicitly tests the often theorized impact one primate species has on the patterns of seed dispersal and seed survival in its environment. The results will provide information on the importance of this endangered gibbon to tree regeneration and ecosystem health. I have been training local people on how to conduct research and to be interpretive guides for gibbon-centered community-based tourism. Increasing the local capacity develops sustainable alternatives to hunting and logging, reducing pressure on the community’s natural resources.
Honnavalli N. Kumara Aghanashini Lion-tailed Macaque Conservation Reserve: the new reserve for the lion-tailed macaque. Funded in December 2007 The lion-tailed macaque now has a new protected
area in India. Photo by Honnavalli N. Kumar
Honnavalli N. Kumara Aghanashini Lion-tailed Macaque Conservation Reserve: the new reserve for the lion-tailed macaque. Funded in December 2007
The lion-tailed macaque now has a new protected
area in India. Photo by Honnavalli N. Kumar
Andrea Baden earned her PhD this year from Stony Brook University. Her first project was reported in PCI Update 2005 (see www.primate.org, “News” tab, 2005). Below is a short summary of the results of all her studies.
How to Support PCI
PCI is an all-volunteer, tax-deductible private operating 501(c)(3) foundation. Since our first grant in 1993, we have supported with full, partial, or renewal funding 500 projects in 28 countries with primate habitats. Projects in Asia have received 40% of our funding; Africa, 32%; Madagascar, 22%; and South America, 6%. If you would like to contribute cash, stock, or real estate to PCI or would like more information on a specific project, please contact me at the address below. To keep our overhead to a minimum, so that as much of the money raised is used to support field conservation projects, this is our annual appeal for your donations. Please do not forget about this, as you will not receive other mail from us, nor will we share your name with others. We appreciate your support and hope you will give generously to help fund these vital primate projects.
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