Taman Sri Nibong RA Log

September 13, 2017

Langur Project Penang

Filed under: from the editor — mollyosc @ 4:31 pm


Calling for citizen observation on wildlife crossing!

呼唤民众的关注- 道路生态学!(中文翻译以下)


LPP is an outreach research project on the ecology, behaviour and road ecology of Trachypithecus obscurus for the development of a sustainable langur conservation in Penang.

LPP is currently working on the first road ecology project, “Road Ecology and Canopy Bridges for Arboreal Wildlife to Cope with Habitat Fragmentation in Penang” in Penang, to investigate the impact of roads toward the movement of langurs and other arboreal wildlife. Today, we are in phase 1 of the study, which is to identify the wildlife crossing hotspots.

Based on our up to 20 months of langur observation in Teluk Bahang, a particular troop of langurs there spent up to 15-20% of their time by the coastal line to forage. In order to move to the coastal beach area, the langurs would have to seek for connectivity trees (preferable choice, 72%), cable wires to cross (second option, 26%) from forested area to coastal line, which is divided by an asphalt road. Worst, they sometimes run across the road (2%), as there is no connected trees or cable wires. LPP has encountered and handled six langur road kill incidents since August 2016, and an electrocution incident of a Sunda slow loris.

Of cause, the above data is only applied to one single troop of langur and in Teluk Bahang region only, where we are currently still collecting data in other study sites to compare the arboreal wildlife road crossing behaviours. Besides the spectacled langurs, we have observed black giant squirrels, plantain squirrels, long-tailed macaques, Sunda colugo, other small rodents, and reptiles, often forage by the road and coastal line.

NOW, WE NEED YOU, PENANGITES’ HELP! – To gather more observation on wildlife crossing incidents. When you are driving around Penang and you see the above species of wildlife forage by the road, moving by the road, crossing the road, attempt to cross the road, OR any road kill incident- kindly drop us a private message on our Facebook page on 1) date, time & location 2) type of observation 3) species of wildlife 4) any photos or videos, additional note.

All the above information is able to help LPP in gathering all possible wildlife crossing hotspot area for our road ecology study, where we will be marking down potential coordinates for future work and monitoring to mitigate the impact of habitat fragmentation (roads) toward the ecology and behaviour of arboreal wildlife. More details on our road ecology study:


PLEASE SHARE THIS AS WIDELY AS POSSIBLE! Let’s all do our part in conserving and voicing out for the wildlife residents in Penang!



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