Long-term lemur research at centre Valbio, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar

Patricia C. Wright, Elizabeth M. Erhart, Stacey R Tecot, Andrea L. Baden, Summer J. Arrigo-Nelson, James Herrera, Toni Lyn Morelli, Marina B. Blanco, Anja Deppe, Sylvia Atsalis, Steig Johnson, Felix Ratelolahy, Chia Tan, Sarah Zohdy

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Abstract

We present findings from 25 years of studying 13 species of sympatric primates at Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. Long-term studies have revealed that lemur demography at Ranomafana is impacted by climate change, predation from raptors, carnivores, and snakes, as well as habitat disturbance. Breeding is seasonal, and each species (except Eulemur rubriventer) gives birth synchronously to be able to wean before winter. Infant mortality is high (30-70%) and partly due to infanticide in Propithecus edwardsi, and perhaps Varecia variegata. Diurnal lemurs can live beyond 30 years in the wild and most females reproduce until death. Small-bodied Microcebus rufuslive up to 9 years without signs of senescence. Prolemur simusmigrates in search of new bamboo and mates, and related V. variegatamothers park their multiple offspring in "kindergartens", protected by others while mothers forage. Interference competition among sympatric lemurs occurs. Anthropogenic factors, such as past selective logging and climate change may influence the declining density of E. rufifrons, P. simus, and P. edwardsiwhile not affecting the density of pair-living species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLong-Term Field Studies of Primates
PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Pages67-100
Number of pages34
ISBN (Print)9783642225147, 3642225136, 9783642225130
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013

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Lemur
Madagascar
Lemuridae
national parks
Climate Change
kindergarten
climate change
Microcebus
infant mortality
Cheirogaleidae
birds of prey
bamboos
crossover interference
Strepsirhini
demography
Infanticide
Research
sympatry
carnivores
Raptors

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  • Agricultural and Biological Sciences(all)
  • Psychology(all)

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Wright, P. C., Erhart, E. M., Tecot, S. R., Baden, A. L., Arrigo-Nelson, S. J., Herrera, J., ... Zohdy, S. (2013). Long-term lemur research at centre Valbio, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. In Long-Term Field Studies of Primates (pp. 67-100). Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-22514-7_4

Long-term lemur research at centre Valbio, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. / Wright, Patricia C.; Erhart, Elizabeth M.; Tecot, Stacey R; Baden, Andrea L.; Arrigo-Nelson, Summer J.; Herrera, James; Morelli, Toni Lyn; Blanco, Marina B.; Deppe, Anja; Atsalis, Sylvia; Johnson, Steig; Ratelolahy, Felix; Tan, Chia; Zohdy, Sarah.

Long-Term Field Studies of Primates. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2013. p. 67-100.

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Wright, PC, Erhart, EM, Tecot, SR, Baden, AL, Arrigo-Nelson, SJ, Herrera, J, Morelli, TL, Blanco, MB, Deppe, A, Atsalis, S, Johnson, S, Ratelolahy, F, Tan, C & Zohdy, S 2013, Long-term lemur research at centre Valbio, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. in Long-Term Field Studies of Primates. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, pp. 67-100. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-22514-7_4
Wright PC, Erhart EM, Tecot SR, Baden AL, Arrigo-Nelson SJ, Herrera J et al. Long-term lemur research at centre Valbio, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. In Long-Term Field Studies of Primates. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. 2013. p. 67-100 https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-22514-7_4
Wright, Patricia C. ; Erhart, Elizabeth M. ; Tecot, Stacey R ; Baden, Andrea L. ; Arrigo-Nelson, Summer J. ; Herrera, James ; Morelli, Toni Lyn ; Blanco, Marina B. ; Deppe, Anja ; Atsalis, Sylvia ; Johnson, Steig ; Ratelolahy, Felix ; Tan, Chia ; Zohdy, Sarah. / Long-term lemur research at centre Valbio, Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. Long-Term Field Studies of Primates. Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, 2013. pp. 67-100
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