A CALL IN THE RAINFOREST| 18mins
Director: SABYASACHI PATRA | Producer: SABYASACHI PATRA
Focus Years: 2011 | Country: India
The lion-tailed Macaque (Macaca silenus) is an endangered species according to the IUCN Redlist. It is endemic to the wet evergreen forests of the Western Ghats. The total number of mature lion-tailed macaques is estimated to be less than 2500 and no sub-population in an area has more than 250 mature individuals. The Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary holds the largest population of the lion-tailed macaques.
The fragmentation of habitat, due to tea estates, human habitations and clear felling of trees has led to very small groups with often only one mature male. This leads to reduction in genetic diversity and increases their susceptibility to diseases.
Lion-tailed macaques cannot digest leaves and depend on fruits, berries and insects provided by the rainforests. The clear felling of trees to make way for plantations and fuel wood has resulted in lack of fruits, berries etc in major parts of the year. This has led them to scavenge for their food requirements.
This film documents and examines the impact of tea-plantations, rapid growth of Valparai town, and its associated ills like boom in tourism, expansion of roads through the forest on one lion-tailed Macaque sub-population in the Valparai Range of Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary; and calls for action.
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