Primates of Gashaka Socioecology and Conservation in Nigerias Biodiversity Hotspot
(Developments in Primatology Progress and Prospects )
by Volker Sommer
Edition: 1st., 2011
Serie: Developments in Primatology: Progress and Prospects
The importance of research for human development and the management of protected areas cannot be overemphasized. Early in the history of national parks, the primary role of research was to provide information for interpretative talks and displays, as a result of visitors’ demands to learn more about the interesting phenomena they encountered. More recently, research has been directed toward collecting data in the field and providing analyses that inform and influence policy recommendations, thereby ultimately improving management effectiveness of protected areas and development of community projects.
Nigeria’s Gashaka Gumti National Park embodies unique biological, physical, and cultural resources. The expanses of this wilderness, combined with a protective government policy, attract researchers from varied disciplines to this part of West Africa. Their efforts are unique, considering the challenging nature of the area, the invested time, and the remote location of the research centre. Researchers conducting studies of these primate communities deserve commendation, considering their patience, sacrifice, and commitment while trailing their subjects and collecting
detailed information on their socio-ecology.