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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 Budongo Forest

The Budongo Forest

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(p.5) 1. The Budongo Forest
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The Chimpanzees of the Budongo Forest
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Vernon Reynolds

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198515463.003.0002

The history of Uganda’s forests provides the background for a detailed description of Budongo: a moist, semi-deciduous tropical rain forest, 136 square miles (425 square km) in extent, with the status of a Central Forest Reserve. Studied extensively by Eggeling and others, Budongo has three main forest types forming a succession climaxing in Cynometra (ironwood) forest. The intermediate mixed forest type provides chimpanzees with most of their food. Selective logging and arboricide have accidentally improved the forest as a food resource for frugivorous species such as chimpanzees.

Keywords:   Budongo, tropical forest, climax, logging, arboricide

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