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Monkeys of the Taï Forest: An African Primate Community

  • Written by a leading team of experts with broad appeal to a variety of primatologists
  • Unique from other volumes in that it focuses on multiple aspects of behaviour of entire primate community at single site making it a self-contained unit
  • Excellent colour photographs, significantly enabling easy species idetification and enhancing behaviours discussed in the text

Series: Cambridge Studies in Biological and Evolutionary Anthropology Volume: 51

By: W Scott McGraw(Editor), Klaus Zuberbühler(Editor), Ronald Noë(Editor)

328 pages, colour plates, b/w photos, b/w illustrations, tables

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | May 2007 | #162269 | ISBN-13: 9780521816335
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About this book

A great deal has been written about primates; however few volumes have focused on an entire community of sympatric monkeys at a single site. Drawing upon diverse sets of data, the authors provide a multi-thematic case study of the entire monkey community of the Tai forest (Ivory Coast). Much of Monkeys of the Taï Forest explores how the seven monkey species have adapted to hunting pressures from chimpanzees, leopards, crowned eagles and humans. Other themes covered include feeding ecology, social behaviour, positional behaviour and habitat use, vocal communication and conservation. Colour photographs of all species are provided, showing the major behavioural characteristics of each, as little is known about these West African monkeys.

This scientifically important volume will be of interest to a broad audience including primatologists, functional anatomists, psychologists, and behavioural ecologists.

Please note that plans for a paperback version were cancelled.

"Taking a well-established evolutionary theory and applying it to an African primate community, McGraw and colleagues [...] present a fantastic synthesis of more than 15 years of pimatological research. This volume offers a wealth of information. Because such long-term data rarely exist on a single population of primates, let alone an entire community, the book will be a welcome addition to any primate behaviorist's library."
– Andrea L. Baden, Stony Brook University, Evolutionary Anthropology, 2007

"Summarizing the results of 15 years of research on these Taï forest monkeys, the editors provide insight into the behaviors of the entire monkey community as a function of habitat, predators, food, and other group members and neighbors. [...] This collection of scientific works sheds light on these monkeys and the challenges they face, both natural and manmade."
Wildlife Activist

"Having all of these data compiled into a format for easy comparison is extremely useful. [...] the volume contains a plethora of information that could potentially be used to improve the conservation status of these species."
– Toni Lyn Morelli, Ecology


1: The monkeys of the Taï Forest: an introduction W. S. McGraw and K. Zuberbühler

Part I. Social Behavior:
2. The social system of guenons P. Buzzard and W .Eckardt
3: How small-scale differences in food competition lead to different social systems in three closely related sympatric colobines A. H. Korstjens, K. Bergman, C.Deffernez, M. Krebs, E. C. Nijssen, BAM van Oirschot, C Paukert, E. P. Schippers
4. The structure of social relationships among sooty mangabeys in Taï F. Range, T. Forderer, Y. Meystre, C. Benetton, and C. Fruteau

Part II. Anti-Predation Strategies:
5. Interactions between leopard and monkeys K. Zuberbühler and D. Jenny
6. Interactions between red colobus and chimpanzees R. Bshary
7. Interactions between African crowned eagles and their primate prey community S. Shultz and S. Thomsett
8. Semantic information in alarm calls K. Zuberbühler

Part III. Habitat Use:
9. Positional behavior and habitat use of Taï Forest monkeys W. S. McGraw

Part IV. Conservation:
10. Can monkey behavior be used as an indicator for poaching pressure? A case study of the Diana guenon (Cercopithecus diana) and the western red colobus (Procolobus badius) I. Kone and J. Refisch
11. Vulnerability and conservation of the Taï Forest monkeys W. S. McGraw.

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W. Scott McGraw is Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at The Ohio State University and Affiliated Research Scientist at Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Klaus Zuberbühler is a Reader in the School of Psychology at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Ronald Noë is a Professor at the University of Louis-Pasteur and the Department of Ecology, Physiology and Ethology (IPHC-CNRS), Strasbourg, France.

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