Craig Stanford: Apes of the Impenetrable Forest
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Apes of the Impenetrable Forest is the latest in the excellent Primate Field Studies series edited by Robert Sussman and Natalie Vasey, who aim to publish case studies of long-term field research on primate behavioral ecology. Stanford reports on research over a 9-year period on sympatric chimpanzees and mountain gorillas at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda. The book provides students with accessible information about the challenges associated with designing and conducting research on apes. Stanford does a good job explaining key ecological concepts to introductory readers.
Recent data on gorilla behavioral ecology require us to re-examine traditional assumptions about their ecological divergence from chimpanzees, including the implications of body size for tree-climbing, diet and ranging patterns. Previous efforts to study sympatric African apes have been challenged by the difficulty of habituating them to the presence of observers. Tutin’s work at Lopé, Gabon and Yamagiwa’s at...