The Mitsui & Co. Environment Fund

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Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University, Conceptual Language Researcher Tomoko Kanamori

Characteristics of climbing bean or pea plant of the family Spatholobus of Danum Valley Conservation Area and the impact on orangutans

Research grant

Project Description

This project aims to clarify the plants, including climbing bean or pea plants, that orangutans consume in great quantities during seasons outside fruit blooming periods and the activities left behind by these plans in forests. Specifically, we will conduct plant identification, nutritional analysis, distributions and plant movement research, and summarize these results in a foresting law amendment proposal.

Preservation of biodiversity and ecosystem
Grant year
FY2011 Research Grants
Grant term
3 years
April 2012 - March 2015
Grant amount
7,027,000 yen
Activity region
Adult male named Jack

Overview of the Organization

Researcher Tomoko Kanamori
Researcher Tomoko Kanamori
Specialist field
Behavioral ecology, grazing ecology
Affiliated academic societies
Primate Society of Japan, International Primatological Society
[Background (professional experience, degree)]
2010: Acquired Doctor of Science from School and Graduate School of Bioscience and Biotechnology, Tokyo Institute of Technology; Teaching Assistant at Kita-ku Environmental University, Science & Education Center, Ochanomizu University
2011: Researcher at Wildlife Research Center of Kyoto University
2012: Conceptual Language Researcher at Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
Collaborating researchers
Atsuko Kuze (Wildlife Research Center of Kyoto University, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Fellow)
Research record
  • (1) Kanamori T, Kuze N, Malim TP, Bernard H, Kohshima S, 2012. Fatality of a wild Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus morio): behavior and death of a wounded juvenile in Danum Valley, North Borneo, Primates vol 53, Issue 3, p221-226
  • (2) Kanamori T, Kuze N, Malim TP, Bernard H, Kohshima S, 2010. Feeding ecology of Borneo orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus morio) in Danum Valley, Sabah, Malaysia: A 3-year record including two mast fruitings. American Journal of Primatology 72, p820-840
  • (3) Survey on wild orangutans in Danum Valley Conservation Area on Island of Borneo, Primate Research No. 22, pp51-56