Articles | Volume 1, issue 1
Primate Biol., 1, 29–38, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/pb-1-29-2014
Primate Biol., 1, 29–38, 2014
https://doi.org/10.5194/pb-1-29-2014
Research article
15 Dec 2014
Research article | 15 Dec 2014

Genetic inference of group dynamics and female kin structure in a western lowland gorilla population (Gorilla gorilla gorilla)

M. Arandjelovic et al.

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By genotyping faecal samples from unhabituated gorillas collected over 5 years in Loango National Park, Gabon, we investigated gorilla group composition, social structure and dispersal. We identified 85 individuals, two group dissolutions, one group formation and the movement of 13 gorillas between groups. We also found that females are found in groups containing their female kin more often than expected by chance, suggesting that dispersal may not impede female kin associations in gorillas.