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Honors College Thesis
Madagascar, primates, habitat use, conservation
Understanding the interaction between frugivores and their habitat is necessary for both primate and forest preservation. In Madagascar, Varecia variegata, are the most highly frugivorous lemur in the Lemuridae family This project examined the habitat use of a troop of V. variegata (the black and white ruffed lemur) in Maromizaha, a newly protected area just outside of the village, Anevoka, in Madagascar. The hypothesis tested is that the size, location, flowering status, and species identity of trees selected by lemurs for particular activities (feeding, resting, sleeping) differ from the distribution of trees in the forest as a whole. There is evidence that V. variegata selected trees with significantly different CBH (F1,733=24.8, p= 7.956e-07), height (F1,733=20.64, p= 6.488e-06), and phenology compared to the general habitat observed in the identified territory.
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Roman, Rebecca E., "Determining the habitat use of Varecia variegata in Maromizaha Protected Area, Madagascar" (2017). UVM Honors College Senior Theses. 169.