Monkeys more sensitive to damage to their habitat than previously thought

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Washington, Feb 22 (ANI): A new research has determined that monkey populations in threatened forests are far more sensitive to damage to their habitat than previously thought.

The research was conducted by Dr Andrew Marshall, from the Environment Department at the University of York and Director of Conservation at Flamingo Land Theme Park and Zoo, in collaboration with colleagues.

As part of the research, an analysis of monkeys living in Tanzania's Udzungwa Mountains suggests that the impact of external factors, such as human activity, on species numbers is felt in forests as large as 40 square kilometres.

Researchers also found that the health of monkey populations is closely related to the type of habitat found between forest fragments, rather than the distance that separates them.

The findings have broader implications for conservationists as the number of monkeys and the variety of species is a visible indicator of the underlying health of their habitat.

This study suggests we should intervene at an earlier stage to protect larger forest areas.

According to Dr Marshall, "This study suggests that while small forest fragments need protecting we should intervene at an earlier stage to protect larger forest areas that are under threat."

"It also supports the case for working with local communities on practical steps that will help forest species. These could include reducing dependence on bush meat and encouraging the planting of habitat that can form corridors between forest fragments," he said. (ANI)

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