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Location and Ecology

Humle, Tatyana (2011) Location and Ecology. In: Matsuzawa, Tetsuro and Humle, Tatyana and Sugiyama, Yukimaru, eds. Chimpanzees of Bossou and Nimba. Primatology Monographs . Springer Verlag, pp. 13-21. ISBN 978-4-431-53920-9. E-ISBN 978-4-431-53921-6. (doi:10.1007/978-4-431-53921-6_3) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:39021)

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The village of Bossou is a sub-prefecture in the prefecture of Lola, located in the forest region of southeastern Guinea, West Africa, about 1,050 km from the capital city, Conakry. Bossou provides a rare example of a site where historically wild chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes verus) and the local people have been living harmoniously, sharing the resources of the same forest. Bossou is surrounded by small hills 70–150 m high that are covered in primary and secondary forest. This habitat constitutes the core area of the Bossou community. At the foot of those hills, cultivated or abandoned fields and secondary, riverine, and scrub forests form a patchy mosaic for about 6 km in all directions. The Bossou chimpanzees mostly confine their daily activity within this core area of about 6 km2, although they sometimes travel to adjacent forests using the few remaining gallery forest corridors, thus extending their home range to about 15–20 km2. The nearest currently known chimpanzee populations have their ranges in the Nimba Mountains, about 6 km west of Bossou. The feeding behavior of chimpanzees is extremely diversified. It also varies seasonally and is greatly influenced by fruit availability and habitat type. Several fallback foods are important for the Bossou chimpanzees. These resources include plant species that show little interannual variation, either in the amount of resources they produce or in their seasonal timing of availability.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-4-431-53921-6_3
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH541 Ecology
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Human and Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation
Depositing User: Tatyana Humle
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2014 08:23 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Nov 2021 10:15 UTC
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