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EditImage Description:The Toque Macaque, Macaca sinica, is endemic to Sri Lanka. Numbers of Toque Macaques have been greatly reduced due to the destruction of their forests and natural habitats. The species is now ranked as Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.
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Located off the southern tip of India, the tropical island of Sri Lanka has attracted visitors for centuries with its natural beauty.

But rapid urbanization and expansion are destroying the natural habitat and reducing food sources for endangered monkeys and other species — and threatening vulnerable rural communities.

In 2010, Sri Lanka’s president ordered the country’s forest cover to increase from 23% to 36% of the land area. To help reach that goal, CI is supporting a collaboration of Sri Lankan wildlife conservationists and local nonprofits.



Our role

With a contribution from the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund — earned through opening week ticket sales of Disneynature’s 2015 feature film “Monkey Kingdom” — CI helps fund scientific research, habitat restoration, community engagement and the creation of conservation areas. Project collaborators include: the Landowners Restoring Rainforest in Sri Lanka, Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka based at the University of Colombo, Friends of Kaluwandura (the local name for the purple-faced langur, Lahirugama Community Development Organization and Ekamutthu Elders Organization.

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Edit Item Text:Surveys are conducted to identify areas that could be reforested and developed as Primate Conservation Areas. An important objective of the project is to legally transfer responsibility for managing and administering Primate Conservation Areas to local communities under the supervision of the Department of Wildlife Conservation. This transfer will give local communities an incentive to actively participate in conserving wildlife.
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Edit Item Text:Seeds and seedlings of plants that are suitable for reforestation are collected and maintained in nurseries. When these plants are no longer vulnerable, they are planted in degraded areas to increase forest cover. On average, this has resulted in the planting of about 5,500 saplings over a 4-hectare (10-acre) area each year.
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      EditText: CI-supported work in Sri Lanka focuses on initiatives that benefit the 15,000 children, youths, adults and the elders of the communities that live near conservation areas. Specific activities include medical treatment for ailments like diabetes, hypertension, arthritis and visual impairments, employment opportunities and conservation-oriented classroom lectures and nature walks for children and their teachers. Training in protected area management and administration, nature guiding, law enforcement, hospitality management and other skills helps both protect the wildlife and benefit the community through sustainable development, nature tourism and other activities. In areas where the rural poor cut down forests for firewood, community members are taught how to plant other species suitable as firewood, and some are provided with energy-efficient stoves for cooking.
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      EditNewsletter Message:Get updates on CI’s efforts to protect forests that benefit both primates and people, as well as the rest of our conservation work.
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