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Title: Ready to go wild? A Cercocebus atys lunulatus social behavior evaluation for its reintroduction
Author: Montamat Argemí, Shenandoah
Director: Sánchez López, Sònia
Keywords: White-naped Mangabey
affiliative index
trophic behavior
Issue Date: Jun-2018
Publisher: Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC)
Abstract: Cercocebus atys lunulatus (white-naped Mangabey) is an endangered primate species. We have developed an observational social behavior study in Accra zoo (Ghana) of 9 animals split in 3 groups during two periods of time (2011 and 2012) to determine their suitability to be reintroduced into the wild. Our results show that groups were socially compatible and that affiliative indexes were in line with what has been described of wild behaviors in the literature, showing coherence with the dominance ranking, receiving more affiliative behaviors as more dominant the animal was. The largest group changed its dominance dynamics between periods, showing at first a more individual dominance as seen in captivity but more matrilineal during the second, as seen in the wild. Furthermore, trophic behaviors (individual and social) were clearly lower than those observed in the wild. We suggest that given the results more rehabilitation process is needed and follow up in terms of social and trophic behavior should be done before releasing any animals into de wild, in other to increase their chances to survive.
Language: English
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