oa South African Journal of Wildlife Research - 24-month delayed open access - Habitat selection of a roan antelope ()population in Mixed Bushveld, Nylsvlei Nature Reserve.

Volume 28, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 2410-7220
  • E-ISSN: 2410-8200



The distribution of social groups of a roan antelope population was monitored once a month over a period of two years. Differences in habitat selection between seasons and between social groups were tested with the Chi-square test and correspondence analysis. The Grassland Variation, Variation (adjacent to the Savanna), the eastern pocket of the Variation and to some extent the Variation were selected by the breeding herd during winter. In summer the most selected areas for the breeding herd were the lower floodplain and the Savanna (eastern section).

Bachelor males were spatially segregated from the breeding herds, where they selected the Variation and the floodplain during winter. In summer males selected the floodplain. Newly burnt areas were attractive for roan antelope. However similar spatial segregations between social groups as found in non-burnt areas could still be observed in newly burnt areas.

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