By Karen B. Strier
The woolly spider monkey, or muriqui, is likely one of the such a lot endangered primate species on the planet at the present time. as a result of deforestation pressures in its ordinary habitat-- the Atlantic coastal forests of southeastern Brazil--the muriquis are restrained to lower than 3 percentage in their unique variety. There are actually just a dozen wooded area fragments identified to help a complete muriqui inhabitants of approximately 500 members. This booklet lines the common historical past of the muriqui from its clinical discovery in 1806 to its present, hugely endangered prestige. The e-book presents a case examine of this scientifically very important primate species through balancing box examine and ecological concerns. via Strier's available presentation, readers achieve a wide figuring out of primate habit and tropical conservation. The e-book additionally offers a pragmatic account of the way to establish and pursue an in-depth longitudinal examine of an animal inhabitants, whereas describing the buzz of gaining first the muriquis' belief after which insights into their lives. the writer bargains the original viewpoint of a hugely devoted anthropologist who has dedicated years to the remark of this special species, whereas operating to coach scholars and to guard the muriquis' final wooded area habitats. The publication will curiosity biologists, primatologists, and zoologists, in addition to an individual focused on conservation, ecology, and animal habit.
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After what seemed like an hour but was actually less than 10 minutes, the trail began to level off. Soon we reached the top of the ridge, the highest point in the forest, nearly 700 meters above sea level. Turning to survey the forest below, the complex sea of green ridges and valleys seemed to roll into themselves like waves. The opportunity to see the forest from this vantage point more than compensated for the near-vertical climb. It was obvious now why this 26 FACES IN THE FOREST forest was so important: off in the distance on all sides the forest stopped abruptly, replaced by a barren, eroded landscape.
Strier). the past remains. The tall canopy in the valleys and on the lower slopes prevents light from penetrating, and in places that have never been disturbed the ground is open and easy to move through. Along the upper slopes, ridge tops, and in places where the canopy has been disrupted, the understory is full of tangled vines and thorny bushes. Moving through these areas is very difficult for humans, but the primates have clearly adapted. 8 Both the marmoset and the howler monkey, like the 12-15 kilogram muriqui, are endemic to the Atlantic forest, and, like the muriqui, they are highly endangered.
Indeed, female gorillas living in groups protected by dominant silverback males, may actually increase their feeding time because the males in their group prevent other males from harassing them. Wrangham's model, which related female behavior to the distribution of food resources and male behavior to the distribution of females, can be used to generate a number of testable hypotheses about primate grouping patterns and social organization. All that is necessary is to determine what a primate prefers to eat, whether it can shift its diet when preferred foods are scarce, and how both preferred and subsistence foods are distributed.