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The remote Gashaka region is still largely unexplored, although this area in north-eastern Nigeria is a premier wilderness where monkeys and apes still survive in large numbers. They are part of a rich assemblage of, often endemic, wildlife that has developed at this interface between the dry sub-Saharan Guinea savannah and the moist Cameroonian highlands. Primates include a large population of the rarest chimpanzee subspecies as well as colobus, guenons, and baboons, which thrive here despite an unusually wet climate. The main ethnic groups - Fulani cattle herders and Hausa speaking subsistence farmers - still follow age-old traditions. Conservation challenges come in the form of human settlements in national parks, deforestation, annual bush fires, livestock grazing, and hunting for bush-meat.
Primates of Gashaka provides first-hand accounts of field research in conjunction with the Gashaka Primate Project, founded in the year 2000. Topics include primate socioecology; genetics and phylogeography; nutritional ecology; vocal communication and animal cognition; ethno-botany and ethno-primatology; human strategies of subsistence and conflicts with wildlife; as well as habitat surveys to assess successes; and failures of conservation approaches. The contributions aim for interdisciplinary perspectives and comparative dimensions, across species and the African continent.
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