The Impact of Forest Disturbance on the Seasonal Foraging Ecology of a Critically Endangered African Primate

  title={The Impact of Forest Disturbance on the Seasonal Foraging Ecology of a Critically Endangered African Primate},
  author={Claire E. Bracebridge and T. Davenport and S. Marsden},
Forest loss and fragmentation threaten many primates globally, and often leads to a reduction in food resources. During a 22-mo period, the foraging ecology of the critically endangered kipunji Rungwecebus kipunji was studied in the heterogeneous Rungwe–Livingstone forests, southwest Tanzania, to identify periods of possible ecological stress, fallback foods used by the species, and the impact of forest disturbance on feeding resources. The studied group had a wide diet and was predominantly… Expand
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