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Title: To conserve African tropical forests, invest in the protection of its most endangered group of monkeys, red colobus
Author(s): Linder, Joshua M
Cronin, Drew T
Ting, Nelson
Abwe, Ekwoge E
Aghomo, Florence
Davenport, Tim R B
Detwiler, Kate M
Galat, Gérard
Galat-Luong, Anh
Hart, John A
Ikemeh, Rachel A
Kivai, Stanislaus M
Kone, Inza
Konstant, William
Maisels, Fiona
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Keywords: African tropical forests
conservation action plan
flagship taxa
indicator taxa
red colobus
Issue Date: 30-Apr-2024
Date Deposited: 30-Apr-2024
Citation: Linder JM, Cronin DT, Ting N, Abwe EE, Aghomo F, Davenport TRB, Detwiler KM, Galat G, Galat-Luong A, Hart JA, Ikemeh RA, Kivai SM, Kone I, Konstant W & Maisels F (2024) To conserve African tropical forests, invest in the protection of its most endangered group of monkeys, red colobus. <i>Conservation Letters</i>.
Abstract: Forest loss and overhunting are eroding African tropical biodiversity and threatening local human food security, livelihoods, and health. Emblematic of this ecological crisis is Africa's most endangered group of monkeys, the red colobus (genus Piliocolobus). All 17 species, found in forests from Senegal in the west to the Zanzibar archipelago in the east, are threatened with extinction. Red colobus are among the most vulnerable mammals to gun hunting, typically disappearing from heavily hunted forests before most other large-bodied animals. Despite their conservation status, they are rarely a focus of conservation attention and continue to be understudied. However, red colobus can act as critical barometers of forest health and serve as flagships for catalyzing broader African tropical forest conservation efforts. We offer a plan for conservation of red colobus and their habitats and discuss conservation and policy implications.
DOI Link: 10.1111/conl.13014
Rights: © 2024 The Authors. Conservation Letters published by Wiley Periodicals LLC. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Notes: Additional authors: Deo Kujirakwinja, Barney Long, W. Scott McGraw, Russell A. Mittermeier, Thomas T. Struhsaker
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