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Ethnoprimatology: Primate Conservation in the 21st Century

Breaks down the subtleties of issues such as habitat loss and bushmeat hunting by going deeper into human motivations
Critiques human behavior in zoos and looks at the factors leading to ape attacks on humans in the wild
Brings humans into account as part of the ecologic landscape

Series: Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects

By: Michel Waller (Editor)

442 pages, 36 colour & 37 b/w illustrations, 36 colour tables


Hardback | May 2016 | #227926 | ISBN-13: 9783319304670
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NHBS Price: £126.50 $154/€141 approx

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The list of challenges facing nonhuman primates in the 21st century is a long one. The expansion of palm oil plantations to feed a growing consumer class is eating away at ape and monkey habitats in Southeast Asia and Central Africa. Lemurs are hunted for food in the poorest parts of Madagascar while monkeys are used as medicine in Brazil. Traditional cultural beliefs are maintaining demand for animal body parts in West African fetish markets while viral YouTube videos of "cute" and "cuddly" lorises have increased their market value as pets and endangered their populations. These and other issues are addressed in Ethnoprimatology: Primate Conservation in the 21st Century by leading researchers in the field of ethnoprimatology, the study of human/nonhuman primate interactions that combines traditional primatological methodologies with cultural anthropology in an effort to better understand the nuances of our economic, ritualistic, and ecologic relationships.


1. Ethnoprimatology and Conservation: Applying Insights and Developing Practice
2. The Threat of Industrial Oil palm Expansion to Primates and Their Habitats
3. Monkeys on the Menu? Reconciling Patterns of Primate Hunting and Consumption in a Central African Village
4. Conservation Medicine: A Solution Based Approach for Saving Nonhuman Primates
5. How Do Primates Survive Among Humans? Mechanisms Employed by Vervet Monkeys Lake
6. Indigenous Peoples, Primates, and Conservation Evidence: A Case Study Focusing on the Waorani of the Maxus Road
7. The Role of Nonhuman Primates in Religious and Folk Medicine Beliefs
8. Problematic Primate Behaviour in Agricultural Landscapes: Chimpanzees as "Pests" and "Predators"
9. Competition Between Chimpanzees and Humans: the Effects of Harvesting Non-Timber Forest Products
10. The Effects of War on Bonobos and other Nonhuman Primates in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
11. Primate taxonomy and Conservation
12. Government and Community Based Primate Conservation Initiatives in Peru
13. Managing Human-Orangutan Relationships in Rehabilitation
14. The Little Fireface Project - Community Conservation of Asia's Slow Lorises Via Ecology, Education, and Empowerment
15. The Many Facets of Human Disturbances at the Tonkolili Chimpanzee Site
16. How Living Near Humans Affects Singapore's Urban Macaques
17. Risk-taking in Samango Monkeys in Relation to Humans at Two Sites in South Africa
18. Predicting Future Effects of Multiple Drivers of Extinction Risk in Peru's Endemic Primate Fauna
19. Protecting Nonhuman Primates in Peri-urban Environments: A Case Study of Neotropical Monkeys, Corridor Ecology, and Coastal Economy in the Caribe Sur of Costa Rica
20. Primates and People in the Zoo: Implications of Human-Animal Interactions and Relationships
21. Conservation: New Potential for Stable Isotope Analysis?

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Dr. Michel Waller has over 15 years of experience researching primates in Africa. His field studies include chimpanzee/human interactions in Senegal and bonobo/human interactions in war-torn Democratic Republic of Congo. Dr. Waller studies primate socioecology and behavior in an effort to better understand the spectrum of factors that have shaped early human evolution. His research has focused on ranging behavior, territoriality, aggression, and tolerance.

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