Control habitat-altering mammals (e.g. elephants) through exclusion (e.g. fences) or translocation
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This intervention involves excluding mammals that alter the habitat in such a way that it may negatively affect primate populations. For example, elephants may destroy large numbers of trees when they occur at very high densities (e.g. Laws 1970). If, for example, the destruction of trees by elephants resulted in food shortages for resident primate population, then this intervention may indirectly benefit primates that depend on these plants for food through allowing the habitat to recover, once the elephants are removed. This is an invasive intervention and its usefulness should be carefully considered from an ethical perspective before implementing it.
Controlling predation by non-primate species is discussed under ‘Reduce primate predation by non-primate species through exclusion (e.g. fences) or translocation’, controlling predation by other primate species is discussed under ‘Reduce primate predation by other primate species through exclusion (e.g. fences) or translocation’, and controlling competition for food with other species is discussed under ’Control inter-specific competition for food through exclusion (e.g. fences) or translocation’.
Laws R.M. (1970) Elephants as agents of habitat and landscape change in East Africa. Oikos, 21, 1–15.
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This Action forms part of the Action Synopsis:Primate Conservation
Primate Conservation - Published 2017