Action: Retain nesting trees/shelter for primates within agricultural fields
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- We found no evidence for the effects of retaining nesting trees/shelter for primates within agricultural fields on primate populations.
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Many primate species display extraordinary behavioural flexibility, which allows them to adapt to rapidly changing environmental conditions and persist in moderately disturbed environments. For example, in Sierra Leone, small-scale subsistence farming allows areas of fallow land and secondary forest to remain where chimpanzees Pan troglodytes verus can find food and shelter (Brncic et al. 2010). Therefore, retaining sufficient amounts of nesting trees and/or shelter for primates within agricultural lands may promote primate conservation in these areas.
The planting of trees to provide nest sites and shelter for primates within agricultural fields is discussed under ‘Plant nesting trees/shelter for primates within agricultural fields’. The creation/maintenance of natural habitat islands within agricultural land is discussed under ‘Create natural habitat islands within agricultural land’.
Brncic T.M., Amarasekaran B. & McKenna A. (2010) Sierra Leone national chimpanzee census, September 2010. Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary unpublished report.