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Title: Microhabitat use by Black-Faced Impala in the Etosha National Park, Namibia
Contributor(s): Matson, TK (author); Goldizen, AW (author); Jarman, Peter (author)
Publication Date: 2005
DOI: 10.2193/0022-541X(2005)69[1708:MUBBII]2.0.CO;2
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Abstract: We studied microhabitat use by black-faced impala in different herd types during the rut in the cold dry seasons of 2001 and 2002 in the Etosha National Park, Namibia. We investigated whether black-faced impala select feeding sites consistently for their microhabitat characteristics in 2 vegetation types, Karstveld and Tamboti Woodland. We also investigated intra-population differences in microhabitat use between herds of different types. In both habitats, sites used by impala for feeding were more likely to be in the shade, within 2 m of the edges of wooded areas and grassy clearings, with high visibility at 1 m height, and with lower grass swords than nearby nonfeeding sites. In Karstveld, feeding sites of impala were also located closer to the nearest shrub than were nonfeeding sites. A degree of fine-scale sexual segregation in microhabitat use was demonstrated, but it was not consistent across habitats. Incorporating these trends in the microhabitat use of black-faced impala into management decisions should maximize the success of small populations released at selected off-park sites.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Wildlife Management, 69(4), p. 1708-1715
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 0022-541X
Field of Research (FOR): 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 960811 Sparseland, Permanent Grassland and Arid Zone Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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