Factors associated with suni distribution in Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa: implications for management and conservation of a small antelope

Belton, Lydia E., Dalerum, Fredrik and Van Rensburg, Berndt J. (2008) Factors associated with suni distribution in Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa: implications for management and conservation of a small antelope. African Journal of Ecology, 46 4: 631-636. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2028.2008.00945.x


Author Belton, Lydia E.
Dalerum, Fredrik
Van Rensburg, Berndt J.
Title Factors associated with suni distribution in Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa: implications for management and conservation of a small antelope
Journal name African Journal of Ecology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0141-6707
1365-2028
Publication date 2008-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2028.2008.00945.x
Volume 46
Issue 4
Start page 631
End page 636
Total pages 6
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract While small antelopes are becoming increasingly threatened, knowledge of their biology is often limited. Management recommendations are therefore frequently based on insufficient information. One of the declining small antelopes is the suni in South Africa. A reduction in sand forests as well as habitat destruction by increased nyala populations are the suggested causes of suni declines. However, no recent study has quantified the factors that underlie suni distribution in southern Africa. Here we investigate whether the vegetation types, vegetation structures or occurrences of sympatric browsers affect suni distribution within Tembe Elephant Park, South Africa. We found that vegetation type and vegetation structure interacted in their effects on suni distribution, but there were no effects of sympatric browsers. Suni were found most often in the sand forests, but were also present in closed woodland. Vegetation structure was, however, related to the local distribution of suni only in sand forest. This highlights that suni are not exclusively bound to sand forest, and also that the vegetation structure within the sand forest may be as important as the vegetation type. We suggest that the current conservation assessment of this subspecies is based on insufficient data, and that a more detailed assessment of their distribution and the factors that determine the same is critically needed.
Keyword Conservation management
Habitat
Neotragus moschatus zuluensis
Small antelope
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Biological Sciences Publications
 
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