oa South African Journal of Wildlife Research - Comparative use of burnt grassland by rare antelope species in a lowveld game ranch, South Africa

Volume 32, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2410-7220
  • E-ISSN: 2410-8200



The habitat selection and grazing preferences of ungulates before and after management burning in savanna grassland was investigated at Madrid Game Ranch near Klaserie. the antelope species observed included roan antelope (Hippotragus equinus), tsessebe (Damaliscus lunatus), Lichtenstein's hartebeest (Alcelaphus lichtensteini), and sable antelope (Hippotragus niger), with comparative observations made on zebra (Equus burchelli). Roan, tsessebe and zebra concentrated their grazing significantly within the burnt areas. Roan consistently cropped grasses at a higher level, favoured taller grass species and selected feeding sites with a denser canopy cover than the other ungulate species. Roan and hartebeest favoured bottomlands, while tsessebe, sable and zebra were relatively more commonly found in the midslope or upland region of the landscape. Accordingly there was some degree of ecological separation among these antelope species in terms of landscape regions favoured and grass species used, even within the burnt areas.

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