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Crop raiding patterns of solitary and social groups of red-tailed monkeys on cocoa pods in Uganda

dc.contributor.author Chapman, CA
dc.contributor.author Baranga, D
dc.contributor.author Isabirye Basuta, G
dc.contributor.author Teichroeb, JA
dc.date.accessioned 2014-10-10T17:46:44Z
dc.date.issued 2012-06-19
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10161/9185
dc.description.abstract Crop damage by wildlife is a very prevalent form of human-wildlife conflict adjacent to protected areas, and great economic losses from crop raiding impede efforts to protect wildlife. Management plans are needed to decrease damage by raiding wildlife, yet conservation biologists typically lack the basic information needed for informed conservation strategies. Red-tailed monkeys (Cercopithecus ascanius) raid a variety of crops adjacent to protected forests in East Africa; however, the role of group structure on crop raiding has not been explored. Here, crop raiding patterns of solitary males and social groups were investigated during 10 months in a plantation of mature cocoa in Uganda. Monkeys gained access to the plantation via trees planted as wind breaks and shade trees, and the sighting frequency of groups was negatively related to the distance from the forest edge. In contrast, solitary males were sighted more frequently far from the forest edge and caused proportionately greater damage than members raiding in a social group. These results highlight that for social animals, crop raiding behavior can vary among types of social groupings; appropriate strategies to cope with raiding must therefore respond to this variation. Deborah Baranga, G. Isabirye Basuta, Julie A. Teichroeb, and Colin A. Chapman.
dc.publisher SAGE Publications
dc.relation.ispartof Tropical Conservation Science
dc.title Crop raiding patterns of solitary and social groups of red-tailed monkeys on cocoa pods in Uganda
dc.type Journal article
duke.contributor.id Teichroeb, JA|0632648
pubs.begin-page 104
pubs.end-page 111
pubs.issue 1
pubs.organisational-group Duke
pubs.organisational-group Faculty
pubs.publication-status Published
pubs.volume 5
dc.identifier.eissn 1940-0829


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