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Thesis title: An examination and assessment of current conservation practices for Javan gibbons (Hylobates moloch) in West Java, Indonesia
Start year: 2014
Utilising field methods in both biological and anthropological research, my aim is to examine and assess the current conservation practices in place for Javan gibbons in an attempt to further our knowledge of the species both in captive programmes and in the wild. I will begin by conducting population density surveys and habitat assessments in order to gain insight into the current conservation status of Javan gibbons, thus advancing our knowledge on the species’ behaviour and ecology in the wild. The new field data will be used to create an updated Population Habitat Vitality Analysis. In addition, I will examine the role of rehabilitation and translocation of former pet Javan gibbons with the goal of determining how sustainable this conservation action will be in the long term. I will then provide an anthropological evaluation of the conservation education programs currently in place in West Java. The goal of my research is to illuminate the potential benefits of applying conservation science theory to applied primatological research methods, and provide a more holistic view of the conservation management practices in place for Javan gibbons, with the hope of developing a more cohesive and improved action plan for new conservation measures.
Javan gibbons, conservation, population modelling, behavioural ecology, rescue and rehabilitation, and conservation education
Nonhuman primates, wildlife conservation, behavioural ecology, conservation education, and human perceptions of the natural world
I have extensive experience volunteering for gibbon rescue and rehabilitation centres in West Java, Indonesia, and at the Gibbon Conservation Center in Santa Clarita, California, as well as primate rescue centres and sanctuaries in both California and Oregon. I also volunteer for the Sumatran Orangutan Society working to develop the conservation education and outreach programme here in the United Kingdom, as well as abroad. I am also quite passionate about wolf recovery and conservation.