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Census of nonhuman primate populations of Comuna El Pital, in south central Ecuador

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2006
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Ecuador is home to several Neotropical primates. Some areas, and the primate fauna they support, remain little studied, as is El Pital of south-central Ecuador within Machalilla National Park. I conducted a systematic census between May--August, 2005, including some behavioral data. I documented 20 capuchins (Cebus albifrons ssp.) in three groups and 198 mantled howlers (Alouatta palliata) in 15 groups. All were cited between 2-11 kilometers from habitations. Preliminary data suggested that a Cebus monkey, previously undocumented in the area, may inhabit the park. By recording current population numbers of nonhuman primates, future research may disclose if, over time, National Park designation correlates with population change, and whether or not the local people and their activities (e.g. hunting, farming and logging) impact monkey population densities. The results of this study can aid in the development of educational outreach programs to increase public awareness while fostering an eco-tourism industry.
Title: Census of nonhuman primate populations of Comuna El Pital, in south central Ecuador.
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Name(s): Hores, Rose M.
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Broadfield, Douglas C., Thesis advisor
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2006
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 79 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: Ecuador is home to several Neotropical primates. Some areas, and the primate fauna they support, remain little studied, as is El Pital of south-central Ecuador within Machalilla National Park. I conducted a systematic census between May--August, 2005, including some behavioral data. I documented 20 capuchins (Cebus albifrons ssp.) in three groups and 198 mantled howlers (Alouatta palliata) in 15 groups. All were cited between 2-11 kilometers from habitations. Preliminary data suggested that a Cebus monkey, previously undocumented in the area, may inhabit the park. By recording current population numbers of nonhuman primates, future research may disclose if, over time, National Park designation correlates with population change, and whether or not the local people and their activities (e.g. hunting, farming and logging) impact monkey population densities. The results of this study can aid in the development of educational outreach programs to increase public awareness while fostering an eco-tourism industry.
Identifier: 9780542579608 (isbn), 13346 (digitool), FADT13346 (IID), fau:10196 (fedora)
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Thesis (M.A.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2006.
Subject(s): Biological diversity conservation--Ecuador
Primates--Adaptation
Parque Nacional Machalillic (Ecuador)
Monkeys--Ecuador--Comuna El Pital--Counting
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