The Macaca Maura Project is a multidisciplinary and longitudinal project, established in 2019, resulting from the collaboration of three institutions: Hasanuddin University (Indonesia), Leipzig University (Germany) and the University of Lincoln (United Kingdom). We conduct research on biological conservation, ecology, botany, animal behaviour and cognition.
What We Do
We have a holistic approach to conservation. We use our inter-disciplinary expertise and different methods to help protecting the wildlife and habitats of South Sulawesi Island and improving the wellbeing of local communities.
Although the primary focus of our project is the endangered moor macaque (Macaca maura), we aim to protect the habitats inhabited by several endangered and endemic plant and animal species. Our project helps protecting various ASAP species, including hawksbill turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata), yellow-crested cockatoo (Cacatua sulphurea), Sulawesi forest turtle (Leucocephalon yuwonoi) and Banggai crows (Corvus unicolor), Sulawesi bear cuscus (Ailurops ursinus), two species of Anoa (Bubalus quarlesi and Bubalus depressicornis), Sulawesi hornbill (Rhabdotorrhinus exarhatus), knobbed hornbill (Aceros cassidix), tarsiers (Tarsius spp.), as well as their habitat.
We collaborate with local teachers and organisations on various conservation projects. We believe that education is the most important tool for facilitating the coexistence of humans and other species and, ultimately, for wildlife conservation and sustainable development.
Where We Work
Our project is conducted in South Sulawesi (Indonesia), where we currently work at two different locations around 200 Km apart. The first location, a 1,300-ha tropical secondary forest managed by Hasanuddin University, is just outside the Bantimurung-Bulusaraung National Park, in the Maros Regency. The second location is on the coast close to the Bontobahari Reserve (Bulukumba Regency); it is covered by limestone savannah forest mixed with middle-size vegetation.
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