Infant killers of Budongo

Newton-Fisher, Nicholas E. (1999) Infant killers of Budongo. Folia Primatologica, 70 (3). pp. 167-169. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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The first report of infant cannibalism, following a presumed infanticide, by male chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) was made in the Budongo Forest. Subsequently, similar episodes have been observed at other sites. The number of reported observations remains small, however, particularly of directly observed infanticide, and the function of infanticide in chimpanzees remains unclear. Infanticide by males often seems incidental to severe attacks on mothers, particularly in cases of inter-community infanticide. Two observations of infanticide by male chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest are reported here. The second incident is the first detailed infanticide to be described for Budongo. In contrast to published accounts, the infant was clearly the target; the mother was only assaulted to achieve this end, and was not seriously injured.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii; chimpanzee; infanticide; cannibalism; community; Budongo Forest Reserve; Uganda MAHALE-NATIONAL-PARK; WILD CHIMPANZEES; CANNIBALISM; TANZANIA
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GN Anthropology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > Biological Anthropology
Depositing User: Nicholas E. Newton-Fisher
Date Deposited: 27 May 2011 21:16
Last Modified: 02 Jun 2014 14:14
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