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Nest Building Behaviour of Chimpanzee (Pan Troglodytes Blumenbach 1799) At Filinga Range of Gashaka Gumti National Park, Nigeria

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Author Ukpong, E.E., Jacob, D.E., Ibok, P.B., Nelson, I.U.
ISSN 2225-7217
On Pages 714-717
Volume No. 3
Issue No. 7
Issue Date August 01, 2013
Publishing Date August 01, 2013
Keywords Chimpanzee, Nest Building, Behavior, Gashaka Gumti National Park, Nigeria



Abstract

This study examined the nest building behaviour of Chimpanzee (Pan Troglodyte vellerosus) in Filinga Range of Gashaka Gumti National Park, Nigeria. The standing crop nest count method was used in data collection and the data obtained were analyzed using descriptive statistics. Results obtained showed chimpanzees in the study area preferred the galley forest for nesting with Detarium sencalense, Vitex dominia, and Tephosia vogelli being the preferred tree species used for nesting. The vertical fork position (52.6%) was also preferred for nesting. Moreover, they showed a high degree of nesting at slopes ranging from angles of class interval 21=35 (21) and tree height class of 21-30 for both rainy (11) and dry season (13). The need for effective monitoring and management strategies to ensure adequate conservation of these primate species is also recommended.


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