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oa South African Journal of Wildlife Research - 24-month delayed open access - The feeding behaviour of elephant (Loxodonta africana) in the Sengwa Area Rhodesia

Volume 6, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 2410-7220
  • E-ISSN: 2410-8200

 

Abstract

The feeding behaviour and selection of plants by elephant are discussed. They select a wide range of species, generally eating the species in quantities proportional to their occurrence within the woodlands although some specific species are positively selected or avoided. Because most of the feeding is carried out on vegetation below 2m, elephant compete directly with other herbivores occurring in the same habitat where food requirements of animal species in fact overlap. Males in particular push over trees and can account for nine trees each per day in the dry season, or 4,5 trees per day throughout the year. Social display by males appears to be in part the reason for the uprooting of trees.

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1976-01-01
2018-11-15

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