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Title: Taxonomy, diversity, biogeography and conservation of the primates of Kenya and Tanzania
Author: de Jong, Yvonne A.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2740 7759
Awarding Body: Oxford Brookes University
Current Institution: Oxford Brookes University
Date of Award: 2012
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The complex geography of Kenya and Tanzania, together with the region's various climatic conditions, support numerous vegetation types and provide many ecological and physical barriers to the dispersal of species. Despite the generally-Iow primate diversity in the region, compared to that of the Guineo-Congolian forests of central and West Africa, Kenya and Tanzania jointly support 15 genera, 33 species and 42 subspecies of primates. Primates are a relatively well-known taxonomic group, both in Kenya and Tanzania, but to secure the long-term survival of the region's primate diversity, knowledge concerning primate biogeography, taxonomy, diversity, abundance and conservation at the subspecies level needs to be enhanced. The goal in this research programme is to contribute towards the long-term conservation of the primates of Kenya and Tanzania. The aim is to fill knowledge gaps concerning primate taxonomy, diversity, biogeography and conservation. This 'PhD by Published Work' is based on nine scientific publications, in all of which a knowledge gap essential to the conservation of the region's primates is addressed. The following is accomplished in these publications: (1) describe a new subspecies of potto (Perodicticus potto) and review the species' biogeography, taxonomy and conservation status; (2) confirm that the Somali , lesser galago (Ga/ago gallarum) deserves full species status and provide the first natural history data, as well as the first photographs and audio recordings of the loud call; (3) validate the name 'Gaiaqoides cocos' for the Kenya coast dwarf galago and provide new biogeographic data for three Ga/agoides spp. in Kenya and Tanzania; (4) provide new data, and review the biogeography and conservation status of the eastern patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas pyrrhonotus) of Kenya; (5) provide evidence in support of resurrecting the 'southern patas monkey' as a subspecies (Erythrocebus patas baumstarkii and present new biogeographic and abundance data; (6) discuss critically important conservation matters for the patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas) combined with a request for locality records for this species; (7) present the first records of hybridisation between two guenon genera in Kenya and the theoretical and conservation implications; (8) describe solutions for reducing human - baboon conflicts; and (9) introduce an identification and conservation tool by using modern technologies. 4
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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