The Himalayan Langur Project is a collaborative and multi-faceted conservation endeavor. The central objectives are to investigate and conserve the rich, but overlooked, biodiversity and culture of the Indian Himalayas.
Current Research and Objectives:
Predation and climactic pressures
Sociality and cognition
Community-based research and conservation
Community and women empowerment
The project was started by Dr. Himani Nautiyal in 2014, where she habituated and investigated the diet of the Central Himalayan Langur (Semnopithecus schistaceus) in Mandal Valley, Uttarakhand. Since then, she earned her DSc at Kyoto University investigating the species’ sociality, genetic structure, and relationship with humans. Overtime, the project has grown. Dozens of assistants, volunteers, and students have worked in Mandal Valley at the Himalayan Langur Project, studying various species and human contexts that thrive in the Himalayas. The project now has an education program and growing community base for long-term conservation efforts.