conversation with a resident went something like this…

Resident: look that one got baby! quite cute ah. [takes pictures]

Me: Yea! Actually she just gave birth this morning, you can still see the umbilical cord. That’s actually her first baby too..

Resident: Wah how you know!

Me: Oh we’ve been studying this group for a few years now so we know each individual and have names for all of them..

Resident: You do this like a volunteer?

Me: Something like that.. actually i’m doing my PhD on macaques

Resident: [cuts in] Huh what macaques?

Me: These are macaques!

Resident: You mean the monkey’s name?

Me: The species of monkey.. these are long-tailed macaques..

We definitely need to step up education and awareness raising efforts!

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