Mountain Gorillas: Three Decades of Research at Karisoke

Mountain Gorillas: Three Decades of Research at Karisoke

by Martha M. Robbins
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521780047

ISBN-13: 9780521780049

Pub. Date: 08/28/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Over thirty years ago, Dian Fossey established the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda to study the behavior and ecology of mountain gorillas. Some of the offspring of the gorillas first studied by Fossey are still being observed today and the long-term observations on known individuals, from birth to death, and data on social behavior within and among the groups have…  See more details below

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Over thirty years ago, Dian Fossey established the Karisoke Research Center in Rwanda to study the behavior and ecology of mountain gorillas. Some of the offspring of the gorillas first studied by Fossey are still being observed today and the long-term observations on known individuals, from birth to death, and data on social behavior within and among the groups have led to an understanding of many aspects of gorilla social structure. Written by scientists who have worked at Karisoke over the years, this book highlights and summarizes what we have learned about the behavior, ecology, and conservation of the genus Gorilla and two other recognized subspecies and provides some comparisons with other gorilla populations elsewhere in Africa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521780049
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2010
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Series, #27
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.14(d)

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Table of Contents

List of contributors
Acknowledgements
1Mountain gorillas of the Virungas: a short history1
Pt. IThe social system of gorillas27
2Variation in the social system of mountain gorillas: the male perspective29
3Female mate choice in mountain gorillas59
4Dispersal patterns, group structure, and reproductive parameters of eastern lowland gorillas at Kahuzi in the absence of infanticide89
5Subspecific variation in gorilla behavior: the influence of ecological and social factors123
Pt. IIWithin-group social behavior151
6Development of infant independence from the mother in wild mountain gorillas153
7Social relationships of immature gorillas and silverbacks183
8Social relationships of female mountain gorillas215
9Vocal relationships of wild mountain gorillas241
Pt. IIIFeeding behavior263
10Diet and habitat use of two mountain gorilla groups in contrasting habitats in the Virungas265
11Clever hands: the food-processing skills of mountain gorillas293
Pt. IVConservation and management of mountain gorillas315
12Assessment of reproduction and stress through hormone analysis in gorillas317
13Clinical medicine, preventive health care and research on mountain gorillas in the Virunga Volcanoes region341
14Conservation-oriented research in the Virunga region361
15Status of the Virunga mountain gorilla population391
Aferword: mountain gorillas at the turn of the century413
Index425

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