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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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Primates and climate change: a review of current knowledge

Primates and climate change: a review of current knowledge

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(p.175) Chapter 11 Primates and climate change: a review of current knowledge
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An Introduction to Primate Conservation
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Amanda H. Korstjens

Alison P. Hillyer

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703389.003.0011

Climate change is affecting primate environments in all primate habitat countries. Based on climate predictions, Malagasy, most Asian, and Neotropical primates are facing an increased frequency of extreme precipitation events and cyclones that can decimate whole communities. West and South African primates are facing a reduction in precipitation while East African primates will experience increased rainfall. As relatively long-lived species with short dispersal distances and limited ranges, primates are unlikely to keep up with the pace at which climate change is occurring. It is, however, very difficult to predict how individual populations or species will adapt to climate change because of the complexity of the expected changes and the interaction between climate change and human habitat disturbance. Species’ responses will depend on species-specific traits, socio-ecology, and phenotypic and genetic plasticity, and ultimately on how humans mitigate climate change through policy, population management, and forest management.

Keywords:   climate change, global warming, primates, review, mitigation, adaptation, biogeography, regional, tropical, forests

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