The Chimpanzees Of The Budongo Forest: Ecology, Behaviour and Conservation

Paperback | June 30, 2005

byVernon Reynolds

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Unlike humans, who came down from the trees and developed bipedal locomotion, chimpanzees have remained in the original habitat of our ancestors: the tropical rainforests of Africa. In this book, Vernon Reynolds describes in detail the work of a large number of students and senior researchers on the wild chimpanzees of the Budongo Forest Reserve in Western Uganda. He presents a coherent and in-depth account of one chimpanzee community of more than 60 individuals living in theSonso area in the middle of the Budongo Forest, which he and his colleagues have studied intensively over the last 15 years. The chimpanzees have never been provisioned and live in an entirely natural state. Reynolds describes their forest habitat, their diet and culture, their social organizationand behaviour, their diseases, and the threats to them that derive from the actions of people in the surrounding villages, the most serious of these being the presence of snares set by hunters to catch small antelopes and pigs. As founder and head of the Budongo Forest Project, Professor Reynolds has been responsible for compiling the numerous publications, reports, and dissertations written about these chimpanzees. In this book, he combines these new and often unpublished studies with past publications about BudongoForest. Where appropriate, he also compares the Budongo chimpanzees with wild chimpanzees studied at other sites across Africa. The result is the most comprehensive account of the Budongo chimpanzees ever published, with a wealth of referenced material that will serve as a source of information formany years to come.

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Unlike humans, who came down from the trees and developed bipedal locomotion, chimpanzees have remained in the original habitat of our ancestors: the tropical rainforests of Africa. In this book, Vernon Reynolds describes in detail the work of a large number of students and senior researchers on the wild chimpanzees of the Budongo For...

Vernon Reynolds first began to study the chimpanzees of the Budongo Forest, Uganda, in 1962. He returned to found the Budongo Forest Project in 1990. He is the recipient of the President's Award, American Society of Primatologists, 2000, and the Chairman's Award, Committee for Research and Exploration, National Geographic Society, 20...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:314 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.71 inPublished:June 30, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198515464

ISBN - 13:9780198515463

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DedicationAcknowledgmentsContentsJane Goodall: Introduction by Jane Goodall1. The Budongo Forest2. The Sonso community3. Morbidity and mortality4. Diet and culture at Sonso5. Social organization6. Social behaviour and relationships7. Infanticide8. Intra-community killing9. The problem of snares10. The human foreground11. The Kasokwa Forest chimpanzees12. The future of Budongo's chimpanzees and of the chimpanzees of Uganda as a wholeReferencesAppendix 1. The Sonso chimpanzee communityAppendix 2. Plant food speciesAppendix 3. Genetics of the Sonso communityAppendix 4. Reports on (a) necropsy of Ruda; (b) outbreak of respiratory diseaseAppendix 5. Other primate species of the Budongo ForestAppendix 6. The Budongo Forest Project

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I was very impressed by the courteous manner with which Reynolds reviewed the work of his students and colleagues. This book would be a good textbook for students wishing to study chimpanzees and engage in chimpanzee conversation, and it would also be useful for those who have already engagedin the study and conservation of chimpanzees and who wish to deepen their knowledge. Primates (2007) 48: 249-251