oa African Zoology - Predation as a regulating factor of wild ungulate populations in a Transvaal Lowveld nature reserve

Volume 4, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1562-7020
  • E-ISSN: 2224-073X



Predation constitutes an important feature of the biotic environment of wild ungulates and has probably exerted considerable influence on ungulate populations throughout their evolutionary history. Agricultural and industrial advancement has led to the extermination of large mammalian predators from major portions of their original range in southern Africa, but they are still afforded sanctuary in national parks, game reserves and other natural and wilderness areas. This paper descriptionbes a study undertaken to evaluate the regulating effect of predation on the ungulate populations in one of the areas, the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, and particularly to determine to what extent predation may act as a population limiting factor.

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