oa Madoqua - The wildebeest problem in the Etosha National Park: a synthesis
|Article Title||The wildebeest problem in the Etosha National Park: a synthesis|
|© Publisher:||Namibian Ministry of Environment and Tourism|
|Affiliations||1 Ecological Institute, Etosha National Park, Okaukuejo, South West Africa/Namibi|
|Publication Date||Jan 1982|
|Pages||151 - 157|
|Keyword(s)||Adapt to survive, African ungulates, Biotic zones, Climatic factors, Disease, Ecological success, Eocene-Oligocene, Evolutionary history, Food, Microbial-mammal symbiosis, Nitrogenous substances, Predation, Reproduction, Terrestrial herbivore biology, Thermoregulation, Topography and Water requirements|
The evolutionary time span required to produce specialist grazers such as wildebeest is considered in relation to the effect on the species of rapid, man-induced changes in Etosha such as fencing, constructed water points and abnormal levels of disease and predation. Basic environmental requirements for a viable wildebeest population are examined and related to the situation presently existing in Etosha.
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