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The Chimpanzees of the Budongo ForestEcology, Behaviour and Conservation$
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Vernon Reynolds

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780198515463

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198515463.001.0001

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The human foreground

The human foreground

(p.191) 10. The human foreground
The Chimpanzees of the Budongo Forest

Vernon Reynolds

Oxford University Press

The local human population around Budongo is increasing rapidly. The natural doubling rate of the population is 25 years, added to which is the near-continuous immigration from people looking for work, mainly at the local sugarworks. The population, traditionally Banyoro people, consists today of many tribes including some from neighbouring Congo. Immigrants encroach the forest, exploit its resources, hunt for meat, and can spread diseases to the chimpanzees. Crops are planted up to the forest edge, resulting in increased crop-raiding by chimpanzees and other species. This has caused a change in attitudes towards these apes from positive to negative in some places.

Keywords:   humans, population, immigration, encroachment, work, crop-raiding, attitudes

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