Great apes in the Lake Tumba landscape, Democratic Republic of Congo: newly described populations

Inogwabini, Bila-Isia and Matungila, Bewa and Mbende, Longwango and Abokome, Mbenzo and Tshimanga, Tshimanga (2007) Great apes in the Lake Tumba landscape, Democratic Republic of Congo: newly described populations. Oryx, 41 (4). pp. 532-538. ISSN 0030-6053 . (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Over 8 months we surveyed the Lake Tumba landscape, Democratic Republic of Congo, walking 86 kin of transects and 324 kin of reconnaissance, to document the distribution and estimate the abundance of great apes. Five separate groups of bonobo Pan paniscus were located in the areas of Bolombo-Losombo, Mbala-Donkese, Ngombe-Botuali, Botuali-Ilombe, and Mompulenge-Mbanzi-Malebo-Nguomi, and one population of chimpanzees Pan troglodytes in the Bosobele-Lubengo area. Mean bonobo densities ranged from 0.27 individuals km(-2) in the vicinity of Lake Tumba to 2.2 individuals km(-2) in the Malebo-Nguomi area. In the latter they appear to be living at a higher density than reported for any other site. This may be due to the area's forest-savannah mosaic habitat, which may provide year-round fruit sources, with bonobos falling back on savannah fruits when forest resources are scarce. The bonobos of the Bolombo-Losombo area and the Bosobele-Lubengo chimpanzees have low relative abundances and live in marginal habitats of islands of terra firma within inundated forests.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Bonobo; chimpanzee; Democratic Republic of Congo; Pan paniscus; Pan troglodytes; population
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Suzanne Duffy
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2008 08:25
Last Modified: 02 May 2014 13:16
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2768 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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