oa African Zoology - Some perspectives in mammal ecology

Volume 1, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



There are certain undeniable difficulties in ecological research on mammals which render them relatively unpopular with students who wish merely to find the most convenient animal upon which to test a hypothesis. They are frequently shy and difficult to observe or capture; or they may be relatively scarce, so that it is not easy to accumulate a statistically significant series of observations; their physiological homeostatic mechanisms reduce to a low level their overt responses to many of the simpler, easy-to-measure physical factors of the environment. Worst of all, they are intelligent; even quite trivial interference with them may alter their behaviour enough to prejudice the validity of future observations to an indeterminate extent.

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