The Red Colobus Monkeys: Variation in Demography, Behavior, and Ecology of Endangered Species

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Based on field studies spanning nearly 40 years, this reference book summarizes and integrates past research with new and previously unpublished information on the behavioral ecology of Africa's red colobus monkeys from study sites as diverse as Senegal, Uganda and Zanzibar. It provides an unparalleled compilation of information on taxonomy, genetics, vocalizations, demography, social organization, dispersal, social behavior, reproduction, mortality factors, diet, ranging patterns, interspecific relations, and conservation. Social relationships in red colobus are less rigidly structured than in other African monkeys, resulting in considerable variation in social organization and group composition, both within and between taxa. This provides a unique opportunity to examine the extent to which social variables correlate with differences in habitat quality, demography, and predation by chimpanzees and humans. Unfortunately, at least half of the 18 taxa of red colobus are now threatened with extinction. Conservation problems are described, causal factors identified, and solutions proposed. This volume is intended not only to serve as a reference book, but to stimulate and guide future long-term research and to encourage effective conservation action.

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Listed in New Titles Section Bioscience Sept 2010

"I found it easy to locate information due to the very clear structure and adequate cross-referenceing. Thankfully, space is also used for illustrations of calls or swellings. The appendixes are clear compilations of facts. This book will further our search for answers for decades to come. I could not have wished for more." — Carola Borries, Anthropology, Stony Book University, Stony Book, New York

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198529583
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 5/26/2010
  • Pages: 376
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas T. Struhsaker began his research in Africa in 1962 with a study of the behavioral ecology of vervet monkeys. Since then he has conducted biological field studies in 13 African nations and numerous countries in Latin America and Asia. From 1970 until 1988 he established, developed, and managed the field research station in Kibale, Uganda. His lobbying efforts in collaboration with many others eventually resulted in the creation of the Kibale National Park. Working in collaboration with numerous colleagues, he helped establish research and conservation programs of red Colobus, other primates, and forest ecology at 3 other important sites in East Africa: Tana River, Kenya; Jozani, Zanzibar; and the Udzungwa Mountains, Tanzania. His publications include two books: The Red Colobus Monkey (1975) and Ecology of an African Rain Forest (1997), and numerous scientific and popular articles and technical reports on ecology, conservation, and animal behavior.

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Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

1 General biology of red colobus 1

2 Vocalizations 18

3 Demography: social group size and composition and population density 45

4 Social organization : intergroup relations, tenure, longevity, and dispersal 91

5 Social behavior and reproduction 119

6 Ecology 194

7 Conservation 253

Appendix 1 Annotated list and measurements of red colobus taxa 277

Appendix 3.1 Age and size classes of red colobus 285

Appendix 3.2 Red colobus group composition 288

Appendix 3.3 Statistical comparison of adult sex ratios between and within taxa 297

Appendix 3.4 Statistical comparison of subadult and juvenile to adult female ratios between and within taxa 298

Appendix 3.5 Statistical comparison of infant to adult female ratios between and within taxa 299

Appendix 4.1 Log of individuals in CW group tephrosceles 300

Appendix 4.2 Log of individuals in RUL group tephrosceles 306

Appendix 4.3 Log of individuals in HTL group tephrosceles 309

Appendix 5.1 Grooming of adult males in RUL group tephrosceles 311

Appendix 5.2 Aggression by adult males in CW group tephrosceles 313

Appendix 6.1 Total diet CW group tephrosceles 314

Appendix 6.2 Total diet RUL group tephrosceles 320

Appendix 6.3 Notes on disease in tephrosceles of Kibale 324

References 332

Index 343

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