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An Introduction to Primate Conservation$
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Serge A. Wich and Andrew J. Marshall

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198703389

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703389.001.0001

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An introduction to primate conservation

An introduction to primate conservation

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An Introduction to Primate Conservation

Serge A. Wich

Andrew J. Marshall

Oxford University Press

Primate conservation’s goal is to ensure the long-term preservation of nonhuman primates. After providing a rational for this book, this introductory chapter is used to provide a succinct overview of the diversity and biology of the primate order, which forms the foundation of the conservation efforts. Subsequently the various main threats to primate conservation are discussed. In terms of habitat, habitat loss, degradation, and fragmentation are discussed as well as their main drivers. Primate hunting is the second main threat described before ending with the disease threat to primates. The fact that current large-scale global expansion of the road networks poses a serious threat to primates is highlighted. After discussing the threats, several conservation approaches are summarized: protected areas, law enforcement, and payments for ecosystem services. The chapter ends with a short overview of the book chapters.

Keywords:   habitat loss, disease, road development, hunting, protected areas

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