Thesis title: Conservation strategies for Delacour’s Langur (Trachypithecus delacouri) in Vietnam: Behavioural comparisons and reviewing a release
Supervisor: Prof. Colin Groves
My research interests lie in the areas of animal behaviour, conservation and ecology, with a focus on primates. My honours thesis, at the University of Canterbury, focused on tantalus monkeys (Chlorocebus tantalus tantalus) in Nigeria and their contribution to seed dispersal and forest restoration in a montane forest.
My PhD is focusing on the critically endangered primate species, Delacour's langur (Trachypithecus delacouri), which occurs in a small region of northern Vietnam. This thesis aims to further the conservation of T. delacouri by reviewing a trial release of captive individuals as a potential conservation tool for the species, along with acquiring a greater understanding of the species’ behaviour. My fieldwork, in part, involved collecting behavioural data from a small captive population at the Endangered Primate Rescue Center at Cúc Phương National Park, focusing on daily activity budgets, vocalisations, dominance and infant behaviour. I also conducted fieldwork in Vân Long Nature Reserve collecting behavioural data from wild individuals to provide a comparison. In addition, my research involves reviewing a release conducted by the EPRC of three captive T. delacouri into Vân Long, and the subsequent monitoring of these individuals via GPS radio collars. I plan to contextualise this by considering past releases in both a primatological and Vietnamese context, and make recommendations for future conservation strategies for Delacour’s langur.
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Wallis, J., Agmen, F.L. & Chapman, H.M. (2008) Digestive retention time in tantalus monkeys (Chlorocebus tantalus). In: American Society of Primatologists Annual Meeting June 2008 (Ed M.Novak). West Palm Beach, Florida, U.S.A.