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

Hardcover | May 1, 2010

byThomas T. Struhsaker

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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studies spanning nearly 40 years, this reference book summarizes and integrates past research with new and previously unpublished information on the behavioral ecology of Africa's red colobus monkeys from study sites as diverse as Senegal, Uganda and Zanzibar.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 anunparalleled 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 rigidlystructured 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, andpredation 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 stimulateand guide future long-term research and to encourage effective conservation action.

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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studies spanning nearly 40 years, this reference book summarizes and integrates past research with new and previously unpublished information on the behavioral ecology of Africa's red colobus monkeys from study sites as diverse as Senegal, Uganda and Zanzibar.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 anunparalleled compilation of information on taxo...

Thomas T. Struhsaker began his research in Africa in 1962 with a study of the behavioural 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 Kiba...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:420 pagesPublished:May 1, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198529589

ISBN - 13:9780198529583

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John Oates: Foreword1. General Biology of Red Colobus2. Vocalizations3. Demography: Social Group Size and Composition and Population Density4. Social Organization: Intergroup Relations, Tenure, Longevity, and Dispersal5. Social Behavior and Reproduction6. Ecology7. ConservationLiterature CitedIndex