08 Jan '18, 5am

Zanzibar’s red colobus monkeys much more numerous than thought https://t.co/PvXy9SWXNu

Zanzibar’s red colobus monkeys much more numerous than thought https://t.co/PvXy9SWXNu

The team logged 4,725 hours over 2 years tracking down more than 4,000 individual Zanzibar red colobus monkeys (Piliocolobus kirkii). Protected areas house nearly 70 percent of the monkeys they found, where monkey groups tended to be larger and to have more females than those outside of parks and reserves. The team also found that a relatively small number of young monkeys survive to adulthood, and they concluded that the overall population might be declining. Zanzibar is home to many more individuals of an endemic monkey species than biologists previously believed, according to a recent study. “Scientists have known about the Zanzibar red colobus monkey for 150 years, yet this is the first systematic study of this poorly understood species across its entire range,” said biologist Tim Davenport in a statement . Davenport directs the Wildlife Conservation Society in Tanzani...

Full article: https://news.mongabay.com/2017/12/zanzibars-red-colobus-m...

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