oa South African Journal of Wildlife Research - 24-month delayed open access - The influence of farmland on eland in the Natal Drakensburg

Volume 19, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2410-7220
  • E-ISSN: 2410-8200



During spring and summer, most eland, Taurotragus oryx, initially marked on farmland, occurred in the higher conservation areas up to 2400 m and had a mean group size of 44 (SO = 45). During winter these eland associated in smaller groups and preferred lower elevations, including farmland down to 1550 m. Many results presented are equivalent to those of previous studies in Giant's Castle Game Reserve, but some differences are noted and discussed. Movement and area use analyses show that management of eland on agricultural land cannot be separated from conservation of the species over the whole Drakensberg range.

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