Press Esc to close
Thursday 24 July 2014
News updated at 10:27 PM IST
Weather
Max: 27.9°C
Min : 21.3°C
In Bangalore
Sunny day

Headcount of lion-tailed macaque up

Karwar, December 1, DHNS :

Here’s good news for animal conservationists. The lion-tailed macaque, believed to be on the brink of extinction, now has a sizeable presence in the Sirsi-Honnavara forest belt of Uttara Kannada district.

Nearly 750 macaques in the forests of Western Ghats. This has been brought to light by conservation scientist Dr Honnavalli Kumar who works at the Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural History in Tamil Nadu.

He has been conducting research on the lion-tailed macaque since 2007 in the Sirsi-Siddapura-Honnavara forest belt. There had been a significant fall in the population of these monkeys in the forests of the Western Ghats in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, in the last two decades.

But Kumar’s revelation gives a ray of hope.


The International Union For Conservation of Nature has estimated that there are 3,000 lion-tailed macaques in India.

Kumar undertook research in and around the wildlife sanctuaries in Talacauvery, Pushpagiri and Sharavathi valleys, besides the Sirsi-Siddapura-Honnavara forests. There were 750 macaques in 32 groups in these places.

In the 1980s, the conservation of the lion-tailed macaque had become a major motive for the ‘Save Silent Valley’ movement in Kerala. While in the forests of Tamil Nadu and Kerala, the lion-tailed macaque is hunted for food, in Karnataka it is revered.

But rampant deforestation  has put a question mark on the efforts to conserve the animal. Kumar has called for measures to save them from extinction, as the Sirsi-Honnavara forest belt does not come under reserved forests.

Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Sir Chris Hoy passes the Queen's Baton to Prince Imran...

Sir Chris Hoy passes the Queen's Baton to Prince Imran...

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at the opening ceremony of the ...

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at the opening ceremony of the ...

Malaysia's Norbaini Hashim and Siti Ruhani challenge...

Malaysia's Norbaini Hashim and Siti Ruhani challenge...

Navjot Chana of India in white attempts to throw Brandon ...

Navjot Chana of India in white attempts to throw Brandon ...

Scotlands Neil Speirs and David Peacock react to a ball...

Scotlands Neil Speirs and David Peacock react to a ball...

Emma Jackson of Australia R Kirsten Sweetland of Canada...

Emma Jackson of Australia R Kirsten Sweetland of Canada...

An overall view of the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre during the first session of the ...

An overall view of the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre during the first session of the ...

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, back left, smiles as she...

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, back left, smiles as she...

Members of England's team compete during the  Men's team pursuit ...

Members of England's team compete during the Men's team pursuit ...

Sophie Taylor of England competes in a Women's 50m Breaststroke heat...

Sophie Taylor of England competes in a Women's 50m Breaststroke heat...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bangalore - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523