The Conservation and Status of Sclater’s Guenon in Ikot Uso Akpan Community Forest, Itu, Nigeria   

Daniel Etim Jacob , Edem Archibong Eniang , Ubong Ime Udoakpan , Imaobong Ufot Nelson
1 Forestry and Wildlife Department, University of Uyo, Nigeria
2 Biodiversity Preservation Center, Uyo, Nigeria
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International Journal of Molecular Ecology and Conservation, 2013, Vol. 3, No. 5   doi: 10.5376/ijmec.2013.03.0005
Received: 04 Apr., 2013    Accepted: 11 Apr., 2013    Published: 06 Dec., 2013
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Jacob et al., 2013, The Conservation And Status Of Sclater’s Guenon In Ikot Uso Akpan Community Forest, Itu, Nigeria, International Journal of Molecular Ecology and Conservation Vol.3, No.5, 27-33 (doi: 10.5376/ijmec.2013.03.0005)

Abstract

Ikot Uso Akpan community remains the only Sclater�s guenon habitat in Akwa Ibom State with pockets of forest fragments that serve as an important refuge for Sclater's guenon because the primate species is considered sacred and hunting of the species is prohibited in the community. This paper assesses the conservation efforts and the status of the species in the community. The study shows that habitat degradation in the area is severe and negatively impact on the population structure of the primate species in the study area resulting in an ageing population. Adequate measures are urgently needed to restore and conserved the forest fragment to ensure the survival of the endemic primate species in the study area.

Keywords
Conservation; Sclater's guenon; Community forest; Itu; Nigeria
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