oa Journal of East African Natural History - A June-July Census of Small Mammals on the Athi Plains, Kenya



Ecological studies of small mammals in East Africa are scarce. What little intensive work that has been undertaken centres on observations of habitat distribution and breeding cycles. Southern and Hook collected data on the distribution of Soricids and Murids in Uganda high forest (1963a) and later studied the reproductive condition of some insectivores and rodents of Uganda and Kenya (1963b). Delany (1964) summarized all quantitative work on small mammals in Africa south of the Sahara and added his own results from trappings in Uganda. The following superficial observations, the first on the Athi Plains, are presented merely as a guidepost for further investigations.


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