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The Socio-Ecological Adaptation of Released Chimpanzees in Guinea, West Africa

Vanlangendonck, Nicolas, Colin, Christelle, Laurans, Matthieu, Raballand, Estelle, Humle, Tatyana (2013) The Socio-Ecological Adaptation of Released Chimpanzees in Guinea, West Africa. In: Folia Primatologica. 84. Karger (doi:10.1159/000354129) (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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Abstract

Throughout their range across Africa, chimpanzees (Pan troglodytes) are threatened with

extinction due to habitat destruction, disease and unsustainable levels of hunting and capture, in spite of being protected by national and international laws. In recent years, the bush meat and the pet trade have resulted in a significant increase in the number confiscated orphan chimpanzees. The Chimpanzee Conservation Centre (CCC), located in the High Niger National Park (HNNP), is the only Pan African Sanctuary Alliance (PASA)-accredited sanctuary caring for chimpanzee orphans in Guinea, West Africa. This sanctuary has been rehabilitating confiscated chimpanzees since 1997. With the aim of reinforcing the wild chimpanzee population of the HNNP and to enhance park protection, the CCC, in 2008, released a first group of 12 chimpanzees into the Mafou core area of the park. Five of those individuals have since settled at the release site and continue to be monitored. In August 2011, the CCC was able to re-enforce this resident group with the successful addition of 2 adult females. Post-release monitoring of these individuals involved distance monitoring using simple VHF and/or ARGOS and GPS store-on-board radio collars. Here, we present data downloaded in 2011–2012 from the GPS store-on-board collars of 2 adult males and these 2 additional adult females. These data allowed us to analyse their social dynamics, party composition, habitat preferences, day range and home range use. Our results indicate that these females integrated successfully into the resident group and that the behaviour of these wild-born released orphan chimpanzees mirrors that of wild counterparts inhabiting similar savannah dominated landscapes, suggesting that they have adapted appropriately to their release conditions.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Proceeding)
DOI/Identification number: 10.1159/000354129
Uncontrolled keywords: Chimpanzee · Release · Adaptation · Chimpanzee Conservation Centre · Guinea
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history > QH75 Conservation (Biology)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Anthropology and Conservation > DICE (Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology)
Depositing User: Tatyana Humle
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2019 09:59 UTC
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2019 15:47 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/77706 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Humle, Tatyana: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1919-631X
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