Primates of Gashaka

Socioecology and Conservation in Nigeria’s Biodiversity Hotspot

  • Volker Sommer
  • Caroline Ross

Part of the Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects book series (DIPR, volume 35)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xviii
  2. Gilbert Nyanganji, Andrew Fowler, Aylin McNamara, Volker Sommer
    Pages 101-134
  3. Dietmar Zinner, Umaru Buba, Stephen Nash, Christian Roos
    Pages 319-358
  4. Ymke Warren, James P. Higham, Ann M. Maclarnon, Caroline Ross
    Pages 359-384
  5. Caroline Ross, Ymke Warren, Ann M. Maclarnon, James P. Higham
    Pages 385-411
  6. Elodie Ey, Julia Fischer
    Pages 413-436
  7. Kate Arnold, Yvonne Pohlner, Klaus Zuberbühler
    Pages 437-468
  8. Volker Sommer, Jan Bauer, Andrew Fowler, Sylvia Ortmann
    Pages 469-501
  9. Andrew Fowler, Alejandra Pascual-Garrido, Umaru Buba, Sandra Tranquilli, Callistus Akosim, Caspar Schöning et al.
    Pages 503-544
  10. Nicola Hughes, Norm Rosen, Neil Gretsky, Volker Sommer
    Pages 545-575
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 525-531

About this book


The remote Gashaka region of north-eastern Nigeria is still largely unexplored. In this premier wilderness, monkeys and apes survive in large numbers – part of a rich assemblage of wildlife at the interface between the dry sub-Saharan Guinea savannah and the moist Cameroonian highlands.

Primates include the rarest chimpanzee subspecies, colobus, guenons and baboons, which thrive here despite the wet climate. The main ethnic groups – Fulani cattle herders and Hausa speaking subsistence farmers – still follow age-old traditions. Conservation challenges comprise settlements in protected areas, deforestation, annual fires, livestock grazing and hunting.

Primates of Gashaka provides first-hand research accounts in conjunction with the Gashaka Primate Project, founded in 2000. Topics covers primate socioecology; genetics and phylogeography; nutritional ecology; vocal communication and cognition; ethno-botany and ethno-primatology; human subsistence strategies and conflicts with wildlife; as well as habitat surveys assessing success and failure of conservation approaches. The contributions aim for interdisciplinarity and comparative dimensions, across species and the African continent.

This pioneering volume about one of the least known iconic primate habitats is of interest to primatologists, anthropologists, policy-makers and conservationists alike.

Editors and affiliations

  • Volker Sommer
    • 1
  • Caroline Ross
    • 2
  1. 1.Fac. Arts, Dept. AnthropologyUniversity College LondonLondonUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.School of Human & Life SciencesRoehampton UniversityLondonUnited Kingdom

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