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Mountain Gorillas : Three Decades of Research at Karisoke - Martha M. Robbins

Mountain Gorillas

Three Decades of Research at Karisoke

By: Martha M. Robbins (Editor), Pascale Sicotte (Editor), Kelly J. Stewart (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 3rd August 2010
ISBN: 9780521780049
Number Of Pages: 448

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For the past three decades the mountain gorillas of Karisoke Research Center have been the subject of many studies focusing on their behaviour and ecology. Long-term observations on known individuals, from birth to death, and data on social behaviour within and between groups have led to an understanding of many aspects of gorilla social structure. The findings have made significant contributions to models of comparative primate behavioural ecology. Mountain gorillas have also been the focus of intense conservation efforts, which have become a model for conservation programs elsewhere. While most research has focused on mountain gorillas, data on the other two recognised subspecies have increased over the past twenty years. This book highlights and summarises some of the behavioural, ecological and conservation work on mountain gorillas, and makes comparisons with findings from other study sites. It represents the most up-to-date and diverse collection of information available on this endangered ape.

'... a polished compendium that pays tribute to years of dedicated behavioural, ecological and conservation research in the face of tremendous adversity.' Kathryn Jeffery, Biologist 'I highly recommend this book ... It brings together a great deal of knowledge about the mountain gorillas of Karisoke as well as up-to-date information from other study sites and subspecies ... fascinating reading for anyone interested in gorillas, behavioural ecology and conservation in general.' Primate Eye '[a] comprehensive and current collection of information about mountain gorillas. ... a valuable resource, both as a complete summary of work to date, and also as a starting point for future research and conservation of this endangered Great Ape.' Ethnology '... a solid and easily accessible summary of the work at Karisoke over the past decades ... I already look forward to a follow-up volume.' Carel P. van Schaik, International Journal of Primatology

List of contributorsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Mountain gorillas of the Virungas: a short historyp. 1
The social system of gorillasp. 27
Variation in the social system of mountain gorillas: the male perspectivep. 29
Female mate choice in mountain gorillasp. 59
Dispersal patterns, group structure, and reproductive parameters of eastern lowland gorillas at Kahuzi in the absence of infanticidep. 89
Subspecific variation in gorilla behavior: the influence of ecological and social factorsp. 123
Within-group social behaviorp. 151
Development of infant independence from the mother in wild mountain gorillasp. 153
Social relationships of immature gorillas and silverbacksp. 183
Social relationships of female mountain gorillasp. 215
Vocal relationships of wild mountain gorillasp. 241
Feeding behaviorp. 263
Diet and habitat use of two mountain gorilla groups in contrasting habitats in the Virungasp. 265
Clever hands: the food-processing skills of mountain gorillasp. 293
Conservation and management of mountain gorillasp. 315
Assessment of reproduction and stress through hormone analysis in gorillasp. 317
Clinical medicine, preventive health care and research on mountain gorillas in the Virunga Volcanoes regionp. 341
Conservation-oriented research in the Virunga regionp. 361
Status of the Virunga mountain gorilla populationp. 391
Afterword: mountain gorillas at the turn of the centuryp. 413
Indexp. 425
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ISBN: 9780521780049
ISBN-10: 0521780047
Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 3rd August 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.83