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!