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Conservation concern for the deteriorating geographical range of the Grey Parrot in Cameroon

Conservation concern for the deteriorating geographical range of the Grey Parrot in Cameroon

Tamungang, Simon A., Cheke, Robert A. ORCID: 0000-0002-7437-1934, Mofor, Gilbert Z., Tamungang, Richard N. and Oben, Fritz T. (2014) Conservation concern for the deteriorating geographical range of the Grey Parrot in Cameroon. International Journal of Ecology, 2014:753294. ISSN 1687-9708 (Print), 1687-9716 (Online) (doi:10.1155/2014/753294)

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Abstract

The need for information on Grey Parrot distribution and vegetation associations for informed management and policy decisions was the basis for this study. A nationwide survey of the Grey Parrot population and habitat status was carried out, using questionnaire and point count methods. From the results, the extent of the contemporary range of the parrots was restricted to Southern Cameroon, which harbours the rainforest. Regional parrot population means ranged from 3,487 parrots in the Littoral to 1,351,275 parrots in the East Regions. The extent of the contemporary range as a percentage of the whole country was 25.4% and as a percentage of the regions with rainforest was 44.5%. The historic range of the bird has been reduced by over 55.5%.
Estimated percentage of forest lost per region ranged from 20.4% in the Centre to 57.1% in the East and South Regions. At a global level, Cameroon contributed 9% to the total extent of the range of the Grey Parrot in Africa. The range is increasingly fragmented, contracted, and lost through land-based socioeconomic activities. These degradation pressures on the range called for urgent conservation considerations for long-term survival of the parrot species and its associated biodiversity in Cameroon.

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Additional Information: [1] Citation: Simon A. Tamungang, Robert A. Cheke, Gilbert Z. Mofor, Richard N. Tamungang, and Fritz T. Oben, “Conservation Concern for the Deteriorating Geographical Range of the Grey Parrot in Cameroon,” International Journal of Ecology, vol. 2014, Article ID 753294, 15 pages, 2014. doi:10.1155/2014/753294. [2] Copyright: (C) 2014 Simon A. Tamungang et al.This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Grey Parrot, conservation, threats, geographical range, Cameroon
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history
Q Science > QL Zoology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute
Faculty of Engineering & Science > Natural Resources Institute > Agriculture, Health & Environment Department
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Last Modified: 07 Jul 2016 15:20
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Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/11164

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