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dc.contributor.authorNdayishimiye, Eric
dc.contributor.authorEckardt, Winnie
dc.contributor.authorFletcher, Alison W.
dc.date.accessioned2023-06-05T08:40:56Z
dc.date.available2023-06-05T08:40:56Z
dc.date.issued2023-05-04
dc.identifierhttps://chesterrep.openrepository.com/bitstream/handle/10034/627836/Final%20submitted%20accepted%20manuscript.pdf?sequence=4
dc.identifier.citationNdayishimiye, E., Eckardt, W., & Fletcher, A. W. (2023). Human-wildlife conflict in Golden Monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis kandti) of the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. International Journal of Primatology, 44, 856–880. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10764-023-00365-8en_US
dc.identifier.issn0164-0291
dc.identifier.doi10.1007/s10764-023-00365-8
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/627836
dc.descriptionThis version of the article has been accepted for publication, after peer review (when applicable) and is subject to Springer Nature’s AM terms of use, but is not the Version of Record and does not reflect post-acceptance improvements, or any corrections. The Version of Record is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10764-023-00365-8en_US
dc.description.abstractHuman-wildlife conflict, in particular crop-foraging, challenges conservationists worldwide. Endangered golden monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis kandti) are frequent crop-foragers around Volcanoes National Park (VNP), Rwanda. To evaluate the impact of crop-foraging behaviour on monkeys and farmers, we interviewed 45 farmers near VNP using a structured questionnaire and organised a workshop for local and regional actors to discuss mitigation measures. To investigate differences in monkey behaviour when foraging inside versus outside VNP, and to inform mitigation strategies, we collected ad libitum behavioural data from one habituated golden monkey group for 11 weeks. We tested the feasibility of a taste aversion technique to deter monkeys, by placing chilli-laced potatoes in harvested potato fields adjacent to the study group’s home range, but found that experimental aversion techniques were logistically challenging. Of 38 farmers, 95% experienced potato loss to monkeys and 36% of 44 farmers threw objects at/chased monkeys in the previous farming season. Farmers and workshop participants judged the most effective way to mitigate crop-foraging to be through improvement of existing crop-guarding. Behavioural observations indicated increased vigilance behaviour and decreased social behaviour when in farmland. Monkeys (N=9) that visited the experimental area avoided chilli-laced potatoes but continued to forage on nearby crops. In conclusion, our results indicate that crop-foraging can negatively impact farmers' livelihoods and attitudes and can increase vigilance behaviour of monkeys. Our multi-faceted approach enabled the involvement of a wide range of stakeholders, highlighted the urgent need to improve existing management measures and explored alternatives to facilitate positive coexistence between monkeys and farmers.en_US
dc.publisherSpringeren_US
dc.relation.urlhttps://doi.org/10.1007/s10764-023-00365-8en_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International*
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/en_US
dc.subjectHuman-Wildlife Conflicten_US
dc.subjectGolden monkeyen_US
dc.subjectCercopithecus mitis kandtien_US
dc.subjectCrop-foragingen_US
dc.subjectMitigation Measuresen_US
dc.subjectLivelihooden_US
dc.subjectConservationen_US
dc.titleHuman-Wildlife Conflict in Golden Monkeys (Cercopithecus mitis kandti) of the Volcanoes National Park, Rwandaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.eissn1573-8604en_US
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Chester; Dian Fossey Gorilla Funden_US
dc.identifier.journalInternational Journal of Primatologyen_US
or.grant.openaccessYesen_US
rioxxterms.funderIndirectly (MRes project) University of Chester, Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Internationalen_US
rioxxterms.identifier.projectunfundeden_US
rioxxterms.versionAMen_US
rioxxterms.versionofrecord10.1007/s10764-023-00365-8en_US
rioxxterms.licenseref.startdate2024-05-04
dcterms.dateAccepted2023-04-17
rioxxterms.publicationdate2023-05-04
dc.date.deposited2023-06-05en_US


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