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Evidence of Leopard Predation on Bonobos (Pan paniscus)

D’Amour D.E.a · Hohmann G.b · Fruth B.b
aDepartment of Natural Resources Conservation, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., USA; bDepartment of Primatology, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany Folia Primatol 2006;77:212–217 (DOI:10.1159/000091230)


Current models of social organization assume that predation is one of the major forces that promotes group living in diurnal primates. As large body size renders some protection against predators, gregariousness of great apes and other large primate species is usually related to other parameters. The low frequency of observed cases of nonhuman predation on great apes seems to support this assumption. However, recent efforts to study potential predator species have increasingly accumulated direct and indirect evidence of predation by leopards (Panthera pardus) on chimpanzees and gorillas. The following report provides the first evidence of predation by a leopard on bonobos (Pan paniscus).


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