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Population estimate of Asian Water Buffalo and wild cattle in the Arafura Swamp, central Arnhem Land

Gorman, Julian, Saalfeld, K. and Griffiths, Anthony (2007). Population estimate of Asian Water Buffalo and wild cattle in the Arafura Swamp, central Arnhem Land. Northern Territory Naturalist,19:1-8.

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IRMA ID 75030538xPUB9
Title Population estimate of Asian Water Buffalo and wild cattle in the Arafura Swamp, central Arnhem Land
Author Gorman, Julian
Saalfeld, K.
Griffiths, Anthony
Journal Name Northern Territory Naturalist
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 19
ISSN 0155-4093   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 1
End Page 8
Total Pages 8
Place of Publication Winnellie, NT, Australia
Publisher Northern Territory Field Naturalists Club
Field of Research 0502 - Environmental Science and Management
1602 - Criminology
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract An aerial survey of Asian Water Buffalo Bubalus bubalis and wild cattle Bos taurus was undertaken in the Arafura Swamp region of central Arnhem Land in September 2005. The survey covered 3 089 km² and included the Arafura Swamp, nearby Blyth River, Glyde River floodplains, Goyder River and the floodplains of the Gulbuwangay River. A total of 812 individuals was recorded during the survey, 40% being Asian Water Buffalo and 60% wild cattle. The survey area was estimated to have a buffalo population of 5 187 (95% CI, 2 108 - 8 266) and a wild cattle population of 4 333 (95% CI, 1 827 - 6 839). These estimates are corrected for perception and availability bias. The traditional owners objective is to manage the buffalo population for subsistence and commercial use. The data presented in this paper will be useful in planning for this development and as a basis for future management and monitoring of both buffalo and wild cattle populations.
 
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