By Darcy Ogada, The Peregrine Fund
Some of us are fortunate to live life one step removed from the tumult and chaos that plays out daily in surrounding communities.
Tom Butynski and Yvonne de Jong, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme
Seven species have been added to the Lolldaiga Hills Ranch bird list thus far during 2018. These species have been encountered by Per Aronsson, Nigel Hunter, Brian Finch, and Tom Butynski. The list now stands at 407 species.
Butynski & De Jong (2018) Geographic range, taxonomy, and conservation of the Mount Kilimanjaro guereza colobus monkey (Primates: Cercopithecidae: Colobus). Hystrix.
The Mount Kilimanjaro guereza colobus monkey is endemic to northern Tanzania and southern Kenya, occurring on and near Mount Kilimanjaro/Mount Meru. Currently referred to as “Colobus guereza caudatus Thomas 1885”, this monkey is geographically very isolated, and phenotypically distinct from all other taxa of guereza monkeys. As such, application of the “Phylogenetic Species Concept” resurrects the Mount Kilimanjaro guereza to specific rank as Colobus caudatus. The geographic range of C. caudatus is small (ca. 4030 km2) and in decline, as is the number of individuals and area of habitat. Colobus caudatus qualifies as an IUCN Red List globally “Endangered” species, as a nationally “Endangered” species in Tanzania, and as a nationally “Critically Endangered” species in Kenya. Colobus caudatus is Kenya’s most threatened species of primate. Recommendations for research and conservation actions are provided.
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Adult female Mount Kilimanjaro guereza Colobus caudatus at Kitobo Forest Reserve, central south Kenya. Notice that the white tail tuft comprises about 80% of the tail. Photograph by Yvonne de Jong and Tom Butynski.
Tom Butynski, Per Aronsson & Yvonne de Jong, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme
A solitary adult male Gadwall Mareca strepera was observed at Baharini Dam, northern Lolldaiga Hills Ranch (N0.29216; E37.13620; 1830 m asl) by Per Aronsson on 14 December 2017 and spent more than a month at this site.
By Yvonne de Jong & Tom Butynski, Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme
The Zoological Society of London/Lolldaiga Hills Research Programme’s Camera Trapping Project has been running since 2013. In September 2016, a camera trap on Lolldaiga Hills Ranch captured a pair of adult Smith’s Dik-diks Madoqua (guentheri) smithii near the centre of the Ranch.