oa Botswana Notes & Records - Habitat Utilization by Impala (Aepyceros memmpus) in the Okavango Delta

Volume 37, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0525-5090



This paper presents preliminary results ftom a long-term study on the ecology of large herbivores in the Okavango Delta. The paper evaluates habitat selection and utilization by impala (Aepyceros melampus) at the various habitat scales. Impala, the most abundant and widely distributed mammal species in the Delta, showed seasonality in habitat use and habitat selection. In all seasons impala used mixed open woodlands more than any other habitat type. Open grasslands and upper floodplains are also key habitats for impala. As a mixed feeder, impala are able to use a wide range of habitats.

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