Dry season herbivore densities around drinking troughs in the Kruger National Park

Thrash, I
Theron, G K
du du Bothma, J
Journal of Arid Environments
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Densities of large herbivores within distance annuli around drinking troughsin the Kruger National Park were determined by means of aerial counts. A relationship between herbivore use intensity and distance from drinking troughs was tested for and modelled with the logistic curve. A significant negative relationship was found. High herbivore densities within 0ยท5 km of the troughs dropped off steeply to a more or less uniform density beyond the immediate vicinity of the water. This has major implications for the rangeland condition in the immediate vicinity of troughs.
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Grassland Society of Southern Africa

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