Preliminary Studies on Population Status of Mona Monkey (Cercopithecus Mona) in Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary, Cross River State, Southern Nigeria
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Volume 5, Issue 4, August 2016, Pages: 108-114
Received: Mar. 14, 2016; Accepted: Jun. 5, 2016; Published: Jul. 21, 2016
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Daniel Ibiang Edet, Department of Forestry & Wildlife Technology, Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Nigeria
Samuel Sunday Odunlami, Department of Forestry & Wildlife Management, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria
Ovat Innocent Ovat, Department of Forestry & Wildlife Management, Cross River University of Technology, Cross River State, Nigeria
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Preliminary study on the population status of mona monkeys (Cercopithecus mona) was conducted in Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary (AMWS) in April (wet season) and December (dry season) of 2014. Data were collected from 20 transects randomly selected from the Northern Sector (12 transects) and Southern Sector (8 transects) using the systematic segmented trackline sampling option. Data generated were analysed with density equation (D) and chi-square (χ2) statistical analysis at 5% level of significance. Population parameters assessed are troop density and troop size. Wet season troop densities for the Northern Sector, Southern Sector and entire sanctuary were 8.69±1.80, 7.71±1.93 and 8.20±1.87 troops/km2 respectively. Troop sizes recorded were 4.44±0.30, 3.80±0.36 and 4.12±0.33 individuals/troop for the Northern Sector, Southern Sector and entire sanctuary respectively for the same season. Dry season troop densities of 7.80±0.23, 6.66±2.04 and 7.23±1.14 troops/km2 were also obtained for the Northern Sector, Southern Sector and entire sanctuary respectively. Within the same period, the values for troop sizes (individuals/troop) were 3.16±0.91 (Northern Sector), 3.20±3.30 (Southern Sector) and 3.18±0.61 (entire sanctuary). There is no significant difference (p>0.05) between the wet and dry seasons as well as between the Northern and Southern Sectors in relation to troop sizes and troop densities. The AMWS habours a high population of Cercopithecus mona as indicated in this study. It is recommended that regular population census should be conducted to ascertain more population parameters for effective conservation of the species.
Population Status, Troop Density, Troop Size, Mona Monkey, Wildlife Sanctuary
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Daniel Ibiang Edet, Samuel Sunday Odunlami, Ovat Innocent Ovat, Preliminary Studies on Population Status of Mona Monkey (Cercopithecus Mona) in Afi Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary, Cross River State, Southern Nigeria, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. Vol. 5, No. 4, 2016, pp. 108-114. doi: 10.11648/j.aff.20160504.13
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