Sulawesi is one of the biodiversity hotspots due to its location within the Wallacea. The 7 endemic macaque species are of extraordinary importance for the understanding of primate evolution, but little is known about them from the wild. Due to habitat destruction and poaching, all are threatend by extinction with crested macaques being critically endangered. (IUCN Red List 2011). We thus aim at improving protection of crested macaques through
- building up a biological data base,
- environmental education programs for Indonesian students, rangers and villagers,
- action in the research area to reduce illegal logging and hunting.
Tangkoko Conservation Education (or TCE), is the conservation education programme of MNP. Created in 2011, it takes place around the Tangkoko nature reserves and other protected forests of North Sulawesi (Mount Klabat and Mount Tumpa). TCE aims at giving the survival of the local biodiversity and its habitat a long-term perspective. To achieve this goal, we develop education and conservation activities for the local population (especially school interventions for young people), in order to increase their knowledge and awareness towards the crested macaques and the local biodiversity.
We are collaborating with the following organisations:
- Regards d’Ailleurs
- Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre
- Selamatkan Yaki