The Primate Programme has specialised in studying the biology of primates from a variety of perspectives including ecology, behaviour, genetics, and conservation through observational, mathematical, computational and philosophical methods.

Ecology and Conservation

Understanding the behavioural ecology and conservation of northeastern Indian primates including a newly discovered species of macaque Macaca munzala

Genetics, Demography and Behaviour

A long-term field project, begun in 2000 and proposed to continue for twenty years, investigates the demographic structure, population dynamics and socioecology of a population of wild bonnet macaques in the Bandipur National Park – Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary complex in the states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Molecular phylogeny of sinica group of macaques including the Arunachal macaque species complex, Assamese macaque and the bonnet macaque is done in the lab

Programme Funding

  • Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment
  • Conservation International
  • Department of Science and Technology—Government of India
  • International Snow Leopard Trust
  • National Centre for Biological Sciences—Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
  • The Rufford Foundation
  • The Wenner Gren Foundation
  • Van Tienhoven Foundation (The Netherlands)
  • Whitley Fund for Nature
  • Wildlife Conservation Society-India Program