Artist: Kavin Prakash
Welcome, I am a Primatologist . I just completed my PhD from Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University Japan. Having growing up in a remote village of the Indian Himalayas, I witnessed multiple challenges that the surrounding ecosystem and wildlife were facing in this ecologically fragile zone. In the past five years of my field research in the Himalayas, I strived towards finding ways for peaceful coexistence between humans and wildlife by, applying a primate behavior and ecology based model, focusing on the Central Himalayan Langur (Semnopithecus schistaceus), previously unstudied in this high altitude habitat. This model contemplates the multiple factors such as local peoples’ perception, habitat assessment, and the behavioral ecology of specific species as a means to predict the most important factor(s) driving distinct threats to wildlife and people. Based on these findings I have started implementing mitigation strategies at my study site. My ultimate target is to implement these strategies in a broader landscape in the Himalayas through community engagement and conservation education programs. Thus far, I have been active in primate crop damaging models, and in the future I hope to apply this model to comprehend another serious issues, climate change.
Nautiyal H and Prakash K. The loud silence of Himalayan langur. Explore Wild India magazine
- Interview with Explore Wild India Magazine by Devesh Kumar