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Chimpanzee and Red Colobus

The Ecology of Predator and Prey

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$37.50 • £30.95 • €34.00

ISBN 9780674007222

Publication Date: 12/15/2001


336 pages

25 halftones, 58 line illustrations, 37 tables


A detailed, but entertaining analysis of the evolutionary whys, behavioural ecology wherefores and natural history hows of a fascinating predator-prey system. Suitable for undergraduates and above, the wealth of detail makes it hard to believe that, until two decades ago, chimps were thought of as entirely peaceful vegetarians. Just read Craig Stanford’s Chimpanzee and Red Colobus to discover how wrong we all were.New Scientist

[Chimpanzee and Red Colobus is a] study of how the predation of wild chimps influences and shapes the behaviour and ecology of a group of red colobus monkeys, offering clues as to how early humans may have lived.BBC Wildlife

This is a thorough and comprehensive analysis of the predator–prey relationship between chimpanzees and red colobus monkeys in Gombe National Park, Tanzania. While researchers generally focus on predation from the point of view of the hunter, Craig Stanford is unique on addressing predation from the point of view of both predator and prey… This is an excellent reference manual on chimpanzees as hunters and their impact on the behaviour, ecology and demography of their prey. It is clearly written and well organised, and the latest chapter provides a concise and comprehensive summary-conclusion. Figures and tables are easy to follow and, together with the text, reveal the meticulous detail in which the author addressed the questions of interest. This is an important contribution to primatology.—Jennifer Scott, Biologist

Excellent. An important study of the relationship between chimpanzees and their prey.—Jane Goodall

Awards & Accolades

  • Honorable Mention, Association of American Publishers 1998 Professional/Scholarly Publishing Annual Award, Biological Science Category
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