oa Madoqua - Orientation of wildebeest in relation to sun angle and wind direction

Volume 13, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 1011-5498



Response of wildebeest to direct solar radiation and wind was measured at hourly intervals from sunrise to sunset, during cold and hot seasons in the Etosha National Park. The two-dimensional data were statistically analysed by a computer programme package (DIRECT). The findings indicate that wildebeest orientate significantIy in relation to the sun when its attitude is low (< 45) and that during the midday sector wind influences body position.

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