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A presence-only habitat suitability model for large grazing African ungulates and its utility for wildlife management

Traill, LW and Bigalke, RC (2007). A presence-only habitat suitability model for large grazing African ungulates and its utility for wildlife management. African Journal of Ecology,45(3):347-354.

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ISI LOC 000248867100017
Title A presence-only habitat suitability model for large grazing African ungulates and its utility for wildlife management
Author Traill, LW
Bigalke, RC
Journal Name African Journal of Ecology
Publication Date 2007
Volume Number 45
Issue Number 3
ISSN 0141-6707   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-34548043476
Start Page 347
End Page 354
Total Pages 8
Publisher Blackwell Publishing
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract A Geographic Information System (GIS)-based model, using presence-only data, was used to predict suitability of habitat for large grazing ungulates on a Zimbabwean wildlife reserve. The management-driven study focused on rare and economically valuable herbivores during the resource-limited hot-dry season. The modelling software Biomapper was used to quantify species-habitat association and derive habitat suitability (HS) maps. Herbivore distribution was primarily determined by distance to surface water, time since last burn and herbaceous layer composition. Findings are discussed within the context of tools available to management and are used to address concerns about the potential for interspecific competition at the habitat level, stocking rate estimation and proposed infrastructure development. Biomapper allowed for the derivation of HS maps here despite the authors' little modelling experience, and appears well suited to management-driven research of African fauna where access to GIS software is available.
Keywords African
habitat
management
ungulates
wildlife
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2028.2006.00717.x   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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