Under this project, we continuously collect data on the behavior of a habituated troop of Himalayan Langurs that live in an anthropogenically modified landscape. The longterm focus of the project is to understand the behavior and ecology of this high-altitude colobine species. It is acutely important to understand these factors in the face of climate change effects seen in the high-altitude Himalayan ecosystems and the increasing anthropogenic modifications of the Himalayan landscape.
The overarching theme of research is to contribute to the conservation of the Himalayan Langur habitat by translating our research findings into actionable practices. Currently, we are focusing on human-langur and dog-langur interactions in this fragmented anthropogenic landscape.
Virendra Mathur’s Research
We also aim to understand the spatial cognition of this species as they move in a heterogeneous landscape composed of agricultural fields, roads, houses, and an undulating topography. Our project aims to explore the cues these animals use for navigating in this landscape, and how does the landscape shape their movement pattern. This project will also explore the cognitive abilities of this species on a multi-destination route and provide the much needed evidence from the colobine subfamily