Human-macaque conflict at the main campus of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

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Abstract

Long-tailed macaques and students at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) (National University of Malaysia) main campus have lived together for the past forty years. Overlapping niches between the two sides have caused conflicts between the university residents and long-tailed macaques. In this study, questionnaire surveys were distributed to eight student residential colleges, involving about 776 students. Awareness, perceptions, opinions, and secondary observations of the nuisance behaviour of long-tailed macaques, and the effectiveness of precautionary measures were discussed, based on this survey. The results indicate that three-quarters of the respondents are fearful of the macaques. Less than 10% favoured the macaques' presence on campus, and 15% of the respondents supported the eradication of the population. Half of the respondents suggested that precautionary measures, such as improving waste management and macaque translocation, would be effective methods for managing their nuisance behaviour.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-85
Number of pages13
JournalPertanika Journal of Tropical Agricultural Science
Volume37
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Keywords

  • Long-tailed macaques
  • Macaca fascicularis
  • Nuisance
  • Pest
  • Student perception

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  • Agronomy and Crop Science

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