John F Oates

John F Oates
City University of New York - Hunter College | Hunter CUNY · Department of Anthropology

PhD

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Education
September 1970 - June 1974
University of London
Field of study
  • Zoology
September 1963 - July 1966
University College London
Field of study
  • Zoology

Publications

Publications (147)
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This account of the systematics of African primates is the consensus view of a group of authors who attended the Workshop of the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group held at Orlando, Florida, in February 2000. We list all species and subspecies that we consider to be valid, together with a selected synonymy for all names that have been controversial i...
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We provide the first documented case of the extinction in the twentieth century of a widely recognized primate taxon. During surveys in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire in 1993–1999, we were unable to find any surviving populations of Miss Waldron's red colobus monkey ( Procolobus badius waldroni), a primate taxon endemic to the forests of this part of West...
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Tree hyraxes (Dendrohyrax) are one of only three genera currently recognized in Procaviidae, the only extant family in the mammalian order Hyracoidea. Their taxonomy and natural history have received little attention in recent decades. All tree hyrax populations of Guineo-Congolian forests of Africa are currently treated as a single species, Dendro...
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To explore sources of variation in tropical forest primate biomass, and, in particular, to test the hypothesis that soil conditions are a major ultimate determinant of the biomass of colobine monkeys and other primates, we compared data on the soils, vegetation, and primate community at a site in West Africa (Tiwai Island, Sierra Leone) with inform...
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Ranging from forests in Senegal to the Zanzibar Archipelago, red colobus monkeys (Piliocolobus spp.) are the most threatened group of African monkeys. According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened SpeciesTM in 2020, every form of red colobus monkey is threatened with extinction, and 14 of the 18 taxa (>75%) are listed as Critically Endangered or End...
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Overhunting and habitat loss from the expansion of agriculture and extractive industries are the primary threats to primate species, 65% of which are threatened with extinction. In Africa, red colobus (Piliocolobus spp.) are the most endangered group of monkeys due to their vulnerability to these human pressures. The conservation status of the Crit...
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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020
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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2020
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Threat status of Miss Waldron's red colobus monkey.
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De Jong, Y.A., Butynski, T.M. & Oates, J.F. 2019. Colobus guereza . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T5143A17944705. Website: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/5143/17944705
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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019. e.T865A17952193 https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/865/17952193
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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019 e.T92411527A17945650. https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/92411527/17945650
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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species e.T12309A17951936 https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/12309/17951936
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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species e.T136891A17983202 https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/136891/17983202
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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019 e.T95587156A95587295 https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/95587156/95587295
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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019 e.T92248950A92248960 https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/92248950/92248960
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The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019 e.T18255A92660786 https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/18255/92660786
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Oates, J.F. & Svensson, M. 2019. Arctocebus calabarensis . The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species 2019: e.T2054A17969996.
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Updated Red List assessment of the Red-capped Mangabey. Link: https://www.iucnredlist.org/species/4201/17955626
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Threat status of Roloway Monkey.
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Threat status of Diana Monkey.
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Threat status of Colobus vellerosus.
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Threat status of Lowe's guenon.
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Report on the Status of Great Apes to the CITES Standing Committee by United Nations Environment Programme Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
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Obituary of Pius Anadu.
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Okomu is one of the last remaining intact rain-forest ecosystems in Nigeria west of the Cross River. The aim of our 2009 study was to identify species of nocturnal primates and hyrax in the forest.
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In the last 40 years, threats to the survival of wild primate populations have greatly increased. Primatologists have long been aware of these threats, and since 1978 have formulated plans to safeguard threatened species. Yet an increasing number of primate species face a high to extremely high risk of extinction. I asked 14 experienced field prima...
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Habitat loss and fragmentation are among the major threats to wildlife populations in tropical forests. Loss of habitat reduces the carrying capacity of the landscape and fragmentation disrupts biological processes and exposes wildlife populations to the effects of small population size, such as reduction of genetic diversity and increased impact o...
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Bushmeat hunting is one of the primary threats to many large-bodied vertebrate species in African forests. However, species vary in their degree of vulnerability to hunting. We investigated the impact of hunting on monkey species in Cameroon’s Korup National Park (KNP) and examined how vulnerability to hunting varies among species. Data on primate...
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The report by Sery et al. (Primate Conservation 21: 55–61, 2006) that Colobus polykomos dollmani had been observed in southern Côte d'Ivoire during surveys in 2003–2004 is questioned. Not only is this taxon of the black-and-white colobus monkeys of uncertain validity (being regarded by some authors as a set of hybrids between Colobus polykomos and...
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"The accusation by Schmidt-Soltau (2009) that conservation organisations willfully continue to commit ‘human rights violations’ in Central Africa is, in our view, not true. We do not dispute that there are examples from around the world where conservation projects have not respected peoples’ rights in the past, and we believe that lessons have been...
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An ongoing debate over the impacts of protected areas on rural communities in central Africa has become increasingly polarized in recent years, even as definitions of displacement have shifted from outright expulsion to economic dislocation precipitated by lost access to natural resources. Although forcible removal of communities to make way for th...
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We show that, in 1862, Richard Burton collected the type specimen of Pan troglodytes vellerosus not on Mount Cameroon, as has been generally assumed, but in Gabon. Therefore, P. t. vellerosus is not the correct name for the chimpanzee population of western Cameroon and southern Nigeria, if that population is taxonomically distinct. As First Reviser...
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Knowledge of mammalian diversity is still surprisingly disparate, both regionally and taxonomically. Here, we present a comprehensive assessment of the conservation status and distribution of the world's mammals. Data, compiled by 1700+ experts, cover all 5487 species, including marine mammals. Global macroecological patterns are very different for...
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Knowledge of mammalian diversity is still surprisingly disparate, both regionally and taxonomically. Here, we present a comprehensive assessment of the conservation status and distribution of the world's mammals. Data, compiled by 1700+ experts, cover all 5487 species, including marine mammals. Global macroecological patterns are very different for...
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Report of a survey conducted for the Nigerian Conservation Foundation in January-April 2008 of the Omo, Oluwa, Ago-Owu, Ife and Shasha Reserves of Ogun, Ondo and Osun States in southwestern Nigeria to assess the extent and condition of remaining natural forest in the reserves, and the status of wildlife populations. The main aims were to establish...
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Colobus angolensis. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species - 2008
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Perodicticus potto. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species - 2008
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The forests and highlands along the southern portion of the Nigeria-Cameroon border and on the island of Bioko have long been recognized as being biologically diverse. This region (referred to as the Biafran forests and highlands) is a center of endemism for a wide variety of taxa including, but not limited to, primates, anuran amphibians, birds, f...
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From first paragraph: Here we report on the fourth iteration of the biennial listing of a consensus of 25 primate species considered to be amongst the most endangered worldwide and the most in need of urgent conservation measures. The first was drawn up in 2000 by the IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group, together with Conservation International (Mitt...
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Primatologists widely recognize chimpanzees as belonging to a single species, Pan troglodytes, which they traditionally have further divided into 3 subspecies: west African P. t. verus, central African P. t. troglodytes, and east African P. t. schweinfurthii. Previously, we suggested that the phylogeographic history of chimpanzees may be different...
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This is a report on surveys conducted from 21 November 2005 to 31 January 2006 at four target sites in western Ghana (Mamiri Forest Reserve, Boi Tano FR GSBA, Krokosua Hills FR GSBA, and Bia National Park and Resource Reserve) to assess the status of primates and other wildlife, and to formulate management recommendations. The report concludes tha...
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I review information on the status in the wild of the robust chimpanzee, Pan troglodytes, and consider whether this evidence is consistent with the designation of P. troglodytes as Endangered in the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List, and with public statements to the effect that great apes as a...
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In a book published in 1999, I presented my views on the root causes of what I considered to be a crisis for wildlife conservation in the forest zone of West Africa, and argued the need for changes in international conservation policy. In that book, I argued that the challenges faced by conservation in West Africa (which are not unique to that regi...
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Global Thinking and Local Action: Agriculture, Tropical Forest Loss and Conservation in Southeast Nigeria BY UWEM E. ITE xv + 142 pp., 8 figs., 11 tables, 22.4 × 15.5 × 1.5 cm, ISBN 0 7546 1345 3 hardback, GB£ 37.50, Aldershot, UK: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2001 - - Volume 29 Issue 2 - John F. Oates
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The skin of a Miss Waldron's red colobus found in the possession of a hunter in SE Cote d'Ivoire in January 2002 indicates that at least one P. waldroni was living in swamp forests between the Ehi Lagoon and the Tano River in late 2001.
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The classic 1955 and 1956 papers by Eustace Jones describe vegetation pattern, process and history in Okomu Forest, south-western Nigeria. Jones and colleagues were puzzled to find an extensive layer of charcoal and pottery below mature mahogany forests. Based on an extensive review of historical documents and the estimated ages of dying emergent t...