Seasonal variation in activity budget and diet of the endangered Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) in the tourist valley of Ouzoud, central High Atlas, Morocco

  title={Seasonal variation in activity budget and diet of the endangered Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) in the tourist valley of Ouzoud, central High Atlas, Morocco},
  author={Abderrazak El Alami and Abderrahman Chait},
Abstract This article reports data on the seasonal activity budget and diet composition of the endangered Barbary macaque group inhabiting a tourist site in Morocco. Data were collected from March 2007 to February 2008. We used instantaneous scan sampling at 15-min intervals. The behaviours that we included in the activity budget were feeding, moving, foraging, resting and aggressive display. Food items were grouped into seven categories. Results showed that activity budgets and the feeding… Expand

Figures from this paper

Comparison of the terrestriality of Barbary macaques (Macaca sylvanus) between tourist and wild sites in the region of Ouzoud, Morocco
Abstract We collected data on the terrestriality of two groups of Barbary macaques over a 7-month period: one group lived in a tourist site, while the other group lived in a wild site. The habitatsExpand
Seasonal Variation in Activity Budget of Assamese Macaques in Limestone Forest of Southwest Guangxi, China
Evidence is provided of the importance of diet, food availability, temperature and day length in coping with seasonal variation in ecological factors, and the need to increase knowledge of the behavioural ecology of the Assamese macaques to understand the influence of a bamboo-dominated diet and ecological factors on their survival. Expand
Adaptation of flower and fruit colours to multiple, distinct mutualists.
The colour conspicuousness of flowers and fruits originating from one European and two South American plant communities is quantified, providing the first quantitative demonstration that flower and fruit colours are adaptations allowing plants to communicate simultaneously with distinct groups of mutualists. Expand
Etude de l’alimentation du magot Macaca sylvanus dans le site touristique des cascades d’Ouzoud (Maroc)
L’alimentation du magot est diversifiee et adaptative, elle est constituee d’une grande variete d’aliments. Ce singe est capable de repondre aux variations annuelles de la disponibilite alimentaireExpand


Differences in Activity Budgets and Diet Between Semiprovisioned and Wild‐Feeding Groups of the Endangered Barbary Macaque (Macaca sylvanus) in the Central High Atlas Mountains, Morocco
The results support the common claim that the diet of the Barbary macaque is highly flexible, differing among its varied habitats and indicate that in the tourist site, where food is highly clumped, macaques decreased foraging time yet showed higher levels of contest competition. Expand
Influence of Seasonality on Activity Patterns, Feeding Behavior, Ranging, and Grouping Patterns in Taï Chimpanzees
  • D. Doran
  • Biology
  • International Journal of Primatology
  • 2004
My findings do not support Boesch's (1991, 1996) hypothesis of bisexually bonded chimpanzees, and Taï chimpanzee social structure—party size and composition—during this study closely resembles that found at other study sites. Expand
Time budget of the green monkey,Cercopithecus sabaeus: Some optimal strategies
Comparisons between populations of Cercopithecus aethiopswere made; differences in time budgets were compared with differences in the availability and quality of food, and insufficient comparative data are available for firm conclusions about the role of different energetic and nutritive strategies in population differences. Expand
Seasonal Differences in Activity Patterns of Geoffroyi´s Spider Monkeys (Ateles geoffroyi) Living in Continuous and Fragmented Forests in Southern Mexico
It is confirmed that spider monkeys are able to adjust their activity patterns to deal with food scarcity in forest fragments and during the dry season, however, further studies are necessary to assess if these shifts are adequate to ensure their health, fitness, and long-term persistence in fragmented habitats. Expand
Behavior, Diet, and Movements of the Sulawesi Crested Black Macaque (Macaca nigra)
The largest group had the largest home range, but it included less primary forest and more disturbed habitat than the ranges of smaller groups, and the top four dietary items accounted for most of the variance in entry into hectare blocks of home range. Expand
Sex differences in diet and foraging behavior in white-faced capuchins (Cebus capucinus)
Sexual dimorphism offered the best explanation of sex differences in the diet and foraging behavior of C. capucinus, accurately predicting that males do more strenuous foraging activity, make less use of small foraging supports, and spend more time on or near the ground. Expand
Food resources of the wild Barbary macaque (Macaca sylvanus) in high‐altitude fir forest, Ghomaran Rif, Morocco
A comparison of the study area with the prime habitat of the Barbary macaque-the high-altitude cedar forests of the Moroccan Moyen Atlas-indicates that climate and vegetation physiognomy are highly similar in both regions. Expand
Ecological correlates to activity and habitat use of two prosimian primates: Eulemur rubriventer and Eulemur fulvus rufus in Madagascar
  • D. Overdorff
  • Biology, Medicine
  • American journal of primatology
  • 1996
Differences in activity and habitat use patterns between lemur species were more related to seasonal changes in food availability than overall differences in group size, and may represent different strategies used by each lemurspecies to avoid directly competing for similar resources during times of food scarcity. Expand
Feeding ecology of the long-tailed macaque(Macaca fascicularis) in Kalimantan Tengah, Indonesia
  • C. Yeager
  • Biology
  • International Journal of Primatology
  • 2007
Long- tailed macaques appear to be selective feeders but can exploit a variety of food sources during periods of food scarcity, and selection ratios for 19 food species indicate that 13 of them were selected more often than expected. Expand
Patterns of foraging and range use by three species of neotropical primates
Even though the three species of primates in Santa Rosa National Park, Costa Rica were very flexible in terms of diet and range use, the behavioural variability did not correspond to changes in food availability or season. Expand