International Journal of Primatology

, Volume 25, Issue 4, pp 755–765

Botanical and Topographical Factors Influencing Nesting-Site Selection by Chimpanzees in Kalinzu Forest, Uganda



We examined the relative importance of various botanical and topographical factors that influence nesting-site selection by chimpanzees ( Pan troglodytes schweinfurthii) in the Kalinzu Forest of Uganda. All of them—vegetation type; topographical features; frequency of preferred tree species; frequency of preferred tree size; fruit abundance—significantly influenced nesting-site selection. Fruit abundance and vegetation type had much stronger influences on site selection than the other factors did. In a dense forest environment like the Kalinzu Forest, the local and seasonal distributions of chimpanzee nests seem to reflect the pattern of home range use for feeding.

Eastern chimpanzees nest forest structure fruit abundance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of International StudiesMeiji-Gakuin UniversityKamikurata, Totsuka, YokohamaJapan
  2. 2.Primate Research InstituteKyoto UniversityJapan

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