Nonnative species are reshaping global ecosystems. The success of a nonnative species hinges on both biological and cultural variables. Primates represent a minority of nonnative species but warrant research to understand ecological implications and management solutions. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission recognizes three species of nonnative primates in Florida that include populations of rhesus macaques (Macaca mulatta) in Marion County, squirrel monkeys (Saimiri spp.) in Broward County, and green monkeys (Chlorocebus sabaeus) in Broward County. This study focused on the Dania Beach C. sabaeus population.
The goals of this study were to: 1) determine the geographical origins and species of the monkeys, 2) record demographics and determine population growth rate, 3) assess the public's perception of monkeys, and 4) understand the influence of human provisioning on the population's behavior and biology. Public surveys and direct field observations of social groups provided baseline data to show that unlike other introduced primates (e.g., macaques in Marion County and green monkeys in the Caribbean), the Dania Beach monkey population has strong public support and is at risk of extinction within the next 100 years.
|Commitee:||Gawlik, Dale, Hughes, Colin, Porter, Marianne|
|School:||Florida Atlantic University|
|School Location:||United States -- Florida|
|Source:||DAI-B 80/11(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Wildlife Management, Ecology|
|Keywords:||Chlorocebus sabaeus, Ethnoprimatology, Introduced primates, Invasive species, Population viabilty, Urban ecology|
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