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Diversity and abundance of terrestrial mammals in the northern periphery of Tanoe-Ehy forest in rainy season (South-eastern of Côte d’Ivoire)

By: Djaha André Koffi, N’draman Jean Jacques Donatien Kassi, Jean-Claude Koffi Bene, Kouamé Antoine N’guessan, Yao Célestin Kouakou

Key Words: Conservation, Diversity, Mammals, Rainy-season, Tanoe-ehy

J. Bio. Env. Sci. 15(5), 61-68, November 2019.

Certification: jbes 2019 0232 [Generate Certificate]

Abstract

The Tanoé-Ehy Marsh Forest (TEMF), an unprotected forest that is about to be turn into a voluntary nature reserve is a forest block in south-eastern Côte d’Ivoire known as being of great importance for the conservation of biodiversity. But in the rainy season, that forest is largely over flooded and terrestrial mammals are likely to move to the periphery and make them vulnerable to anthropogenic threats. Our objectives are to determine the diversity, the relative abundance of terrestrial mammals and their spatial distribution in the northern periphery of the TEMF during the rainy season. We collected data by conducting recce surveys after interviews with local people. In total, we obtained 33 species among which ten primates’ species were identified. According to the recce survey, the African Civet (Civettictis civetta) and the Bushbuck (Tragelaphus scriptus) are the most common and abundant species in the study area with 12.7% and 12.0% of relative abundance respectively. In addition, six of the listed species are on the IUCN Red List, including Piliocolobus waldronae, a critically endangered species, Cercocebus lunulatus and Cercopithecus roloway endangered species, Colobus vellerosus, Phataginus tetradactyla and Phataginus tricuspis, three vulnerable species. Thus, the consideration of the periphery for the sustainable management of the TEMF is proving to be an imperative.

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Diversity and abundance of terrestrial mammals in the northern periphery of Tanoe-Ehy forest in rainy season (South-eastern of Côte d’Ivoire)

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Djaha André Koffi, N’draman Jean Jacques Donatien Kassi, Jean-Claude Koffi Bene, Kouamé Antoine N’guessan, Yao Célestin Kouakou.
Diversity and abundance of terrestrial mammals in the northern periphery of Tanoe-Ehy forest in rainy season (South-eastern of Côte d’Ivoire).
J. Bio. Env. Sci. 15(5), 61-68, November 2019.
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