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Temple Monkeys 

Sri Lanka

Imagine being part of an expedition one day!  Take advantage of opportunities...you just never know where they might lead! 

Welcome to the GMS "Teach Live" segment of this Earthwatch expedition, sharing the field experience with "The Earthbound 3" remotely March 7-19, 2005.

Teach Live host schools

NEW: EB3 video clip now linked below!


UPDATE: March 18th: Great Job Blue and Yellow Teams!  Our Temple Monkeys project with the Earthbound 3 is complete.  

Follow the EB 3 as they continue their expeditions:

Mongolian Argali  4/1 - 4/15/05

Australia: Climate Change in the Rainforest   4/4 - 4/18/05

Malaysian Bat Conservation      4/19 -  5/7/05

Crocodiles of Cuba            5/29 - 6/11/05

Gallagher Middle School  

Blue & Yellow Team Science 

Mrs. Ripley

The "Temple Monkey" project studies 33 colonies of  toque macaques.  These macaques live in and around the ancient temple ruins in the Polannaruwa Nature Sanctuary and Reserve.  The greatest threat to the monkeys is the destruction of their forest habitat.  They are medium-sized monkeys that live in complex groups. The long term project goal  is to understand the social structure of the monkey groups in an effort to understand these primates. 

The 36 year study is led by Dr. Wolfgang Dittus who is assisted by colleagues and volunteers.  It is one of the longest-running studies of primate behavior in the world.  Through careful observation and data collection they have collected information on over 1,000 macaques. The research that is being done is helping scientists to understand more about the monkeys, their behavior, and what they need to survive. There are many behaviors that are remarkably similar to other primates - including humans - that help us understand more about ourselves as well.  

In class we are exploring  the delicate balance that exists between humans and other living things.  The Sri Lanka project is one example of a positive impact on the future of endangered species.  This helps us to understand the responsibilities we share to protect ecosystems throughout the world. 

"Eventually we'll realize that if we destroy the ecosystem, we destroy ourselves."   Jonas Salk , American physician and microbiologist, 1914-95

Three students. Ten months. One mission.

"We have the chance to use the gift of our lives to make the world a better place."     Jane Goodall

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