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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

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

Vernon Reynolds

Oxford University Press

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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