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Fennessy, J.T., Leggett, K.E.A. and Schneider, S. 2003. Distribution and status of the desert-dwelling giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis) in northwestern Namibia: short communication. African Zoology, 38(1): 184-188


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Distribution and status of the desert-dwelling giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis) in northwestern Namibia: short communication.

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The population density and distribution of desertdwelling giraffes was estimated in three study areas in the Hoanib River catchment, northwestern Namibia. Giraffe population densities (0.01 giraffe/km2) were equal to the lowest recorded in Africa with population numbers fluctuating over past decades. Sex ratios, herd sizes and age categories differed between all the study areas, while a weak correlation (r2 = 0.66, P < 0.001) in giraffe aggregation and the hot-dry season was observed in the Ombonde River. Seasonal movement and use of the riparian environments varied, with large fluctuations observed in the east of the catchment, while the hot-dry season influx and use in the riparian woodland coincided with Faidherbia albida podding. Keywords: Giraffa camelopardalis angolensis, Population structure, Seasonal movement.

Year: 2003

Type: Journal Article

URL: http://journals.co.za/content/afzoo/38/1/EJC17849

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