At EAST, we provide a supporting platform for people wishing to conduct conservation research on wildlife in South East Asia.
At EAST, we provide a supporting platform for people wishing to conduct conservation research on wildlife in South East Asia. Our current opportunities are focused on researching captive and wild primates in Vietnam, as part of University study. If you are interested in any of the opportunities described below, then please submit your proposals or enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Primate Rehabilitation Research
Would you like to conduct research on the monitoring and study of endangered golden-cheeked gibbon, black-shanked douc and pygmy loris during the three phases of rehabilitation at the Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre? This work is vital to support successful conservation of these rare primates confiscated from the illegal wildlife trade.
Phase 1 - quarantine and health checks, socialization.
Phase 2 - release into semi-free forested area.
Phase 3 - radio/GPS collared release into continuous forest.
Please submit enquiries or proposals to email@example.com.
Wild Golden-Cheeked Gibbon Research
A family group of five wild golden-cheeked gibbons have been habituated in Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam. If you would like to conduct any research as part of your University course, please send research proposals or enquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous Research Projects
Wild pygmy loris (Nycticebus pygmaeus) survey in Cat Tien National Park.
Research undertaken by Carla Welpelo, Vo Thanh Binh, Pham Thi Thuy and Nguyen Thai Truc Linh (Endangered Asian Species Trust and Cat Tien National Park).
In March 2010 a night spotting survey of wild loris was undertaken in Cat Tien in various forest types. Many areas of the forest were found empty of loris, highlighting an overall low density in Cat Tien. Reintroductions in this area would be a valuable boost to the wild population.
To establish the effect of social grouping of juvenile gibbons for successful rehabilitation.
Research undertaken by Emmanuelle Amiral (Bournemouth University, UK).
Increasing numbers of juvenile gibbons are being taken from the wild and sold in black markets in southern Vietnam and across Asia. Many are mistreated, neglected and often kept in isolation; this can alter much behaviour and stimulate unnatural and stereotypic behaviour to form. There are rescue centres available such as the one in this study, Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre. The problem lays in the best way to house these juveniles once the rescue centre has acquired them. With the absence of the maternal mother there are two main options available to raise juvenile gibbons; either place them in a nursery with their peers where they have the opportunity to socialise and bond with members of their own kind or place them with a surrogate mother and possibly other juveniles; here they have the same opportunities as previous but have the additional opportunity of learning from an adult role model with more life experiences. However, this raises additional questions such as how many juveniles should be placed with one role model or even within one nursery group and does group size have possible impacts on behaviour?
Activity Pattern and Habitat Selection of the Medium-to-Large Terrestrial Mammals in Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam.
Research undertaken by Jai-Chyi, Kurtis Pei and Shih-Chih Yen (Institute of Wildlife Conservation, National Pingtung University, Taiwan).
From July 2006 to July 2007, a camera trap survey was conducted to assess the activity pattern and habitat selection of the medium-to-large terrestrial mammals in the southern section of Cat Tien National Park.
To understand the potential for wildlife management, information on activity patterns and habitat selection is vital. The greater understanding of these issues will help the development of more effective habitat protection plans.
The ecology of the Golden-cheeked gibbon (Nomascus gabriellae) in Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam.
Research undertaken by Marina Kenyon (Cambridge University, UK) and Vo Thanh Binh (Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam).
The ecology of golden-cheeked gibbon was investigated in the semi-evergreen lowland forests of CTNP, an area disturbed through war, logging and hunting. As one of the last remaining populations of N.gabriellae in Vietnam, the study of their ecology is vital to develop baseline knowledge of a species never studied before in this area.