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The mandrill in Gabon's rain forest—ecology, distribution and status

  • Michael J. S. Harrison (a1)

Little is known about the mandrill Mandrillus sphinx in the wild. It is an elusive primate and thus difficult to study in its rain-forest habitat in equatorial Africa. As human pressure on its habitat grows it has become increasingly urgent to discover more about the species so that appropriate conservation measures can be planned. The author made a 15-month study of the mandrill in Gabon and discovered that it was not as widely distributed as had been believed. Although it is threatened by hunting pressure and habitat disruption, populations still remain and five reserves protect some of these.

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P. Grubb 1973. Distribution, divergence and speciation of the drill and mandrill. Folia Primatol. 20, 161177.

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J.P. Skorupa 1986. Responses of rainforest primates to selective logging in Kibale Forest, Uganda: a summary report. In Primates: The Road to Self-Sustaining Populations (ed. K. Benirschke ), pp. 5770. Springer-Verlag, New York.

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