Finding a New Monkey for East Africa

Adult male patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas) in Kidepo Valley National Park, north-eastern Uganda. Photograph by Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski.

Knowing which animals live where is critical to planning effective conservation. To help set up good programs in Uganda, we set out to confirm whether one particular subspecies of monkey, the Dodinga Hills guereza, was calling this country home. Here’s what we found.

The Background

Many “non-human primate” studies have been conducted in East Africa over the last 30 years, most of which focused on one or a few species at one or a few sites. Far less research has been conducted on primates across landscapes and countries. In fact, at the country-level, the distribution, abundance, and conservation status of most of East Africa’s non-human primates remains poorly known.

Adult male patas monkey (Erythrocebus patas) in Kidepo Valley National Park, north-eastern Uganda. (Photograph by Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski)

Since 2003, we have conducted field research over large parts of Kenya and Tanzania to better understand what the distribution and conservation status is of each primate taxon or group.

With the support of a grant from the National Geographic Society we are now focusing our research on the primates of Uganda. The goal of this project is to contribute towards the long-term conservation of these primates by obtaining the scientific information needed —> Read More Here

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