International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 31, Issue 1, pp 59–71

Sleeping Sites of Rhinopithecus brelichi at Yangaoping, Guizhou

  • Zuo-Fu Xiang
  • Shuai-Guo Nie
  • Zong-Fei Chang
  • Fu-Wen Wei
  • Ming Li
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s10764-009-9378-6

Cite this article as:
Xiang, ZF., Nie, SG., Chang, ZF. et al. Int J Primatol (2010) 31: 59. doi:10.1007/s10764-009-9378-6

Abstract

Arboreal primates spend about half of their lives at sleeping sites; hence, selection of sleeping sites is crucial for individual survival, and data concerning them is important for conservation efforts. We collected data on sleeping sites for a group of the endangered snub-nosed monkey (Rhinopithecus brelichi) at Yangaoping (27°58′N, 108°45′E) from January 2006 to December 2007. All sleeping sites were located in the mid-slope and in the shadow of ridges facing the northeast and southeast. The monkeys remained quiet while entering and occupying sleeping sites, and slept in evergreen species during the cold season (December–March). Trees in sleeping sites were similar in height and girth at breast height to those elsewhere, but some trees in lower areas were larger. The monkeys usually slept in close proximity to the last feeding spot, and their daily activities usually occurred around the sleeping site. Areas adjacent to sleeping sites were used more intensively than those not adjacent. Monkeys left the sleeping sites later in the morning in the cold season. These behavioral responses suggested that predation risk, thermoregulation, and climate stresses are the main determining factors in the selection of sleeping sites for this temperate monkey.

Keywords

climate stress predation risk Rhinopithecus brelichi sleeping site thermoregulation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zuo-Fu Xiang
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shuai-Guo Nie
    • 2
  • Zong-Fei Chang
    • 1
    • 3
  • Fu-Wen Wei
    • 1
  • Ming Li
    • 1
  1. 1.Key Laboratory of Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology, Institute of ZoologyChinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.College of Life Science and TechnologyCentral South University of Forestry & TechnologyChangshaChina
  3. 3.Graduate School of the Chinese Academy of SciencesBeijingChina

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