Tana River Mangabeys live in the flood-plain forest, riverine gallery forest, and the adjacent woodland and bushland of Kenya (Wieczkowski and Butynski 2013). Their abundance is highly correlated with the spatial characteristics of the forests (Wahungu et al. 2005). They are semi-terrestrial monkeys that can travel up to 1 km through non-forested habitat between forest patches (Wieczkowski 2010).
The rapid decline of Tana River Mangabeys has several causes including:
- Drastic changes in vegetation due to dam construction, irrigation projects and water diversion, which affect both the water table and the frequency and severity of flooding which, in turn, affect the extent and quality of this species’ forest habitat.
- Forest clearance for agriculture.
- Fires that destroy forests.
- Habitat degradation due to livestock.
- The unsustainable collection of wood and other forest products.
- Selective felling of fig trees for canoes.
- Exploitation of one of the species’ top food plants, Phoenix reclinata.
- Corruption, inter-ethnic violence and insecurity.
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Butynski, T.M., de Jong, Y.A., Wieczkowski, J. & King, J. 2020. Cercocebus galeritus. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020: e.T4200A17956330. https://dx.doi.org/10.2305/IUCN.UK.2020-2.RLTS.T4200A17956330.en. Downloaded on 26 March 2021.
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