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Current Research Projects

Biogeography, Taxonomy, Abundance, and Conservation Status of the Primates of North-eastern Uganda

Project started May 2014 

Northern lesser galago (Galago senegalensis) at Agoro-Agu Forest Reserve, Imatong Mountains, central-north Uganda.

Northern lesser galago (Galago senegalensis) at Agoro-Agu Forest Reserve, Imatong Mountains, central-north Uganda.

The biogeography, taxonomy, abundance, and conservation status of non-human primates in northeast Uganda remain poorly-known. The main goal of this project is to contribute towards the long-term conservation of the primates of northeast Uganda by obtaining the scientific information needed for assessing conservation status and for setting conservation priorities. The primary objectives of this primate survey are to: (1) Determine, to the subspecies level, which taxa of primate occur; (2) Obtain preliminary information on distribution, relative abundance, and habitat for each primate taxon; (3) Establish a baseline against which long-term trends in distribution and abundance can be assessed; (4) Determine the conservation status of all primate taxa and work with the Uganda Wildlife Authority and others to set priorities for the conservation of primates in northeast Uganda. Meeting these objectives is expected to stimulate interest in primate research and conservation in northeast Uganda, and improve on the current IUCN Red List assessments for those primate taxa that occur.

Research project funded by the National Geographic Society.

Some of the research findings are published on our National Geographic Blog
Read ‘Update from the Field’


Biogeography and Conservation Status of the Eastern Patas Monkey Erythrocebus patas pyrrhonotus in Laikipia, Kenya

Project started 2011

Patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas)

Eastern patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas pyrrhonotus)

To manage Laikipia’s patas monkey population, it is important to monitor changes in its distribution and size. Patas surveys were conducted in Laikipia in 1979–1981 and 1992–2004. The Eastern Africa Primate Diversity and Conservation Program, in cooperation with the Lolldaiga Hills Biodiversity Research Program, is currently conducting a third survey of this population. As for the previous two surveys, much of the data will be obtained through a questionnaire. All owners/managers of large properties in Laikipia are invited to take a few minutes to complete the below questionnaire.

Have you seen patas monkeys in Laikipia or elsewere in East Africa? To send us a reports of your encounters, click here!

Read also ‘Survey of the Patas Monkey in Laikipia’


Natural History of the Somali Lesser Galago (Galago gallarum)

Ongoing project

Somali lesser galago (Galago gallarum), Chalbi desert, Kenya

Somali lesser galago (Galago gallarum), Chalbi Desert, Kenya

The Somali lesser galago (or Somali bushbaby) (Galago gallarum) is one of Africa’s least known primates.  Field observations, literature reviews and museum visits are being undertaken to obtain information on the natural history of the Somali lesser galago. This project reviews what is known about the taxonomy, distribution, abundance, ecology, behaviour, and conservation status of the Somali lesser galago.

Butynski, T.M. & De Jong, Y.A.  2004. Natural history of the Somali lesser galago (Galago gallarum). Journal of East African Natural History  93: 23-38. 

De Jong, Y.A. & Butynski, T.M.  2004. Life in the thornbush – the Somali bushbaby. Swara 2722. 

De Jong, Y.A. & T.M. Butynski.  2004. Surveys of the Somali lesser bushbaby (Galago gallarum) and northern lesser bushbaby (Galago senegalensis) in Kenya & Ethiopia. Unpublished report to the Primate Action Fund and Primate Conservation Inc., Washington, D.C. 


Distribution, Taxonomy and Conservation Status of the Patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas) in Eastern Africa

Ongoing project

Adult male patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas) in Kidepo Valley National Park

Adult male patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas) in Kidepo Valley National Park

Adult male eastern patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas pyrrhonotus) in Kidepo Valley National Park, northeast Uganda.

Little is known about thelimits of the geographical ranges of the subspecies of patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas) in eastern Africa…or of their present conservation status. Surveys are being conducted in eastern Africa to assess the historic and present geographic range of patas. Data are also being obtained from literature surveys and communications with other researchers, rangers, tour guides, naturalist, etc. The taxonomic status of the several subspecies of E. patas named for eastern Africa is being reviewed under this project.

Have you seen patas monkeys in eastern Africa? To send us a reports of your encounters, click here!

De Jong, Y.A.  2006. Monkey in red. Swara. March 29: 26-28.

De Jong, Y.A., Butynski, T.M. & Nekaris, K.A.  2008.  Distribution and conservation of the patas monkey Erythrocebus patas in Kenya.  Journal of East African Natural History 97:  83-102.

De Jong, Y.A., Butynski, T.M., Isbell, L.A. & Lewis, C.  2009. Decline in the geographical range of the southern patas monkey Erythrocebus patas baumstarki in Tanzania. Oryx 43: 267-274. 


 

 

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