Mountain Gorillas: Three Decades of Research at Karisokeby Martha M. Robbins
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 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.
- Cambridge University Press
- Publication date:
- Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Series, #27
- Product dimensions:
- 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 1.14(d)
Table of Contents
1. Mountain gorillas of the Virungas: a short history Kelly J. Stewart, Pascale Sicotte and Martha M. Robbins; Part I. Variation in the Social System of Gorillas: 2. Variation in the social system of mountain gorillas: the male perspective Martha M. Robbins; 3. Female mate choice in mountain gorillas Pascale Sicotte; 4. Dispersal patterns, group structure and reproductive parameters of eastern lowland gorillas at Kahuzi in the absence of infanticide Juichi Yamagiwa and Alastair McNeilage; Part II. Within-group Social Behaviour: 6. Development of infant independence from the mother in wild mountain gorillas Alison Fletcher; 7. The social relationships of immature gorillas and silverbacks Kelly J. Stewart; 8. Social relationships of female mountain gorillas David P. Watts; 9. Vocal relationships of wild mountain gorillas A. H. Harcourt and Kelly J. Stewart; Part III. Feeding Behaviour: 10. Diet and habitat use of two mountain gorilla groups in contrasting habitats in the Virungas Alastair McNeilage; 11. Clever hands: the food processing skills of mountain gorillas Richard W. Byre; Part IV. Conservation and Management of Mountain Gorillas: 12. Assessment of reproduction and stress through hormone analysis in gorillas Nancy Czekala and Martha M. Robbins; 13. Clinical medicine, preventive health care and research on mountain gorillas in the Virunga volcano region Anthony B. Mudakikwa, Michael R. Cranfield, Jonathon M. Sleeman and Ute Eilenberger; 14. Conservation oriented research in the Virunga region Andrew J. Plumptre and Elizabeth A. Williamson; 15. Status of the Virunga mountain gorilla population H. Dieter Steklis and Netzin Gerald-Steklis; Afterward: Mountain gorillas at the turn of the century Bill Weber and Amy Vedder.
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