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View on hanging bridgeSleeping adult males from Dam groupFemale Scarlet feeding on flowersunknown 28unknown 21Female Bella from Dam groupFemale Funny Nose with infant in Dam groupunknown 22unknown 7Females in Dam groupBonnet macaque infantMale Howard from Dam groupFemale Amy from Eco groupunknown 19unknown 29Subadult female Merlin in Dam groupunknown 20unknown 24unknown 3Male Howard from Dam groupunknown 15Juvenile from Eco groupunknown 4Bonnet macaque infantsFemale Fanny grooming juvenileInfant BernieFunny Nose with infant from Dam groupInfantsJuvenile female Brave resting on carunknown 1Female Spikey with infant in Eco groupMale Pirate grooming male Victorunknown 9Infant from Eco on motorbikeFemale Kim with infant Kaya and juvenileFemale Tess with infant Truffle from Dam groupunknown 10Male Frodo from Dam groupunknown 27unknown 12Female Ashoka from Dam groupunknown 17Females from Dam group sleeting togetherunknown 2unknown 11unknown 6Juveniles sleepingunknown 8Infant Bernieunknown 23Male unknownSubadult male Inounknown 26Sleeping malesunknown 25unknown 5Female Pinduli from Eco groupMale Frodo showing threat expressionFemale Kim with newborn infant Kayaunknown 14Juvenile female Braveunknown 13unknown 18unknown 16

The Thenmala Macaque Project is situated around the Thenmala Dam, in the state of Kerala, India. 

This location is considered an eco-tourism site and consists of three small villages, a number of eateries, and small shops. The field site also encompasses two offices – the District Forest Department and the Eco Tourism office. 

A demographic survey carried out by the team in 2022 revealed the presence of approximately 10 bonnet macaque troops that reside in and around the field site. However, by 2023, this number has gone down to approximately 7 troops. This decline in numbers can be attributed mainly to the human-macaque conflict in the area as well as risks such as electrocution and accidents that are a result of existing in an anthropogenic landscape.

In addition to collecting behavioural data, the team also conducts workshops for the local communities in order to raise awareness about the conservation risks to the endemic bonnet macaque.