The Sulawesi crested black macaque occurs on northeastern Sulawesi, Indonesia and the adjacent islands of Pulau Manadotua and Pulau Talise. It is threatened by habitat loss and from hunting, both for bush meat and for live animal trade. The species can be found in several protected areas, but Tangkoko Nature Reserve is the most likely viable natural population remaining. The global COVID-19 pandemic has reduced funding for the reserve and led to an increase in agricultural expansion and forest exploitation by local communities. Increased human macaque conflict is also negatively affecting community opinion and support for protection.
- Train and deploy community patrol personnel
- Patrols and monitoring using SMART
- Human-wildlife conflict mitigation
- Community-led outreach with local households to encourage local biodiversity protection
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