Title:

Greater Sossusvlei Namib Landscape (GSNL): Tracking ungulate movements

Author(s):
Publication Year:
2017
Abstract:

This research project deploys satellite tracking collars on ungulates in the GSNL  and monitors their movements as well as other environmental parameters. Its objective is to document movement corridors and identify impediments to migration routes for springbok, oryx and Hartmann’s mountain zebra. Stefanie Urban successfully completed her Bachelor of Natural Resources Management (Honours) project at NUST at the end of 2016. Her project report is available on request. Some of her major findings were: Overall oryx and springbok home-ranges were larger than those of Hartmann's zebra, and the largest home-ranges were in fence free areas (1887km2 for oryx 1770 which moves in the southern porton of Namibrand, and 560 km2 for springbok 131); In fence affected areas the shapes and sizes of home-ranges of oryx and springbok were visibly and statistically different to those in fence free areas, while Hartmann's zebra were less limited by fencing; Hartmann's zebra did not move into the Pro-Namib plains during 2016, as there was little grazing available following poor rains. They did however show distinct east-west movement patterns on a month to month basis.

Publisher:
Namibia University of Science and Technology
Number:
4
Type:
Newsletter
Item Type:
Report
Language:
en
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Tracking ungulate movements.pdf 2.23 MB

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