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Matson, T.K., Goldizen, A.W. and Jarman, P.J. 2005. Microhabitat use by Black-faced Impala in the Etosha National Park, Namibia. The Journal of Wildlife Management, 69(4): 1708–1715


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Microhabitat use by Black-faced Impala in the Etosha National Park, Namibia.

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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. Keywords: black-faced impala, Aepyceros melampus petersi, rnEtosha National Park, Namibia, microhabitat use.

Year: 2005

Type: Journal Article

URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.2193/0022-541X(2005)69[1708:MUBBII]2.0.CO;2/abstract


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