2018 Fiscal Year Annual Research Report
Measuring fitness costs of habitat degradation in an endangered primate
|Research Institution||Kyoto University |
MacIntosh Andrew 京都大学, 霊長類研究所, 准教授 (30623136)
|Foreign Research Fellow
SIGAUD MARIE 京都大学, 霊長類研究所, 外国人特別研究員
|Project Period (FY)
2018-10-12 – 2022-03-31
|Keywords||Primatology / Conservation / Wildlife Health / Slow Loris|
|Outline of Annual Research Achievements
The aim of the project is to develop and apply methods to monitor the health of wild slow lorises in degraded habitats in Indonesia. In FY2018 (September~March), we began preparations for the project. We drafted a series of MoU's involving Kyoto University's Primate Research Institute (KUPRI), the Japan Monkey Centre (JMC), Oxford Brookes University (OBU), the University of Vienna (UV), Gaja Madah University (GMU) and International Animal Rescue Indonesia (IAR). All institutions are involved in this research. We also began and continued applying for the appropriate research permissions, and finalizing the research protocols to share with our partners.
JSPS fellow Marie Sigaud visited Indonesia (Java) in January/February 2019 to meet with partners and provide research materials so the projects can get started through our network of collaborators. Currently, biological samples are set to be collected by collaborators at Cipaganti field site, run by OBU, where Marie previously worked as a site manager, and at IAR in Bogor. Since part of the project aims to assess health risks facing slow lorises in Indonesia, IAR will provide access to rescued lorises that we expect are infected by multiple species of parasites. In addition, IAR rehabilitates and reintroduces slow lorises, and we plan to use these reintroductions to monitor loris health after release.
Finally, we were able to collect some samples from JMC to test methods for fecal hormone analysis, to be done in collaboration with UV. Marie went on maternity leave effective March 1, but plans to resume the project September 1.
|Current Status of Research Progress
Current Status of Research Progress
3: Progress in research has been slightly delayed.
The progress of the project is a little bit delayed for 2 major reasons. First, as written in the Summary of Research Achievements, this project requires the support of many partners, and also permissions from various organizations. Although all partners are in agreement on the project, going through institutional channels has taken slightly longer than expected. In addition, applying for permissions to conduct research in Indonesia is also a long process. Second, the fellow (Marie Sigaud) went on maternity leave at the beginning of March, 2019, so our plans leading up to that point shifted away from intensive sampling and experimentation to working more on the organizational components of the project instead so that she will be ready to resume as soon as she is back in September.
|Strategy for Future Research Activity
While the JSPS fellow (Marie Sigaud) is on maternity leave, we continue to be in communication with all of our partners toward a seamless transition back to the project when she returns. We have permissions to conduct our work at the Japan Monkey Centre, and have a plan to collect samples through collaborators where possible during the period of her absence from Japan. In addition, International Animal Rescue Indonesia (IAR) is currently collecting samples from rescued lorises and is set to release some slow lorises in the coming weeks back into their native forests, so we expect samples coming in from there as well which will be ready for analysis when Marie returns. At the same time, applications for permissions are with the necessary authorities. When Marie returns in September 2019, we aim to (1) resume sampling at JMC and sending samples to the University of Vienna for methods refinement, (2) visit IAR and initiate parasitological and endocrinological analyses of samples stored there, (3) and again visit Cipaganti field site to ensure progress is made there. All samples collected will be sent to a laboratory at Gaja Madah University where they will be processed and analyzed by Marie with the support of local collaborators.
Research Products (2 results)